gum ammoniac


gum ammoniac
a brownish-yellow gum resin, having an acrid taste, occurring in tearlike fragments from a plant, Dorema ammoniacum, of western Asia: used in porcelain ceramics and in medicine as an expectorant and counterirritant. Also called ammoniac, ammoniacum.
[1350-1400; ME]

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  • Gum ammoniac — Ammoniac Am*mo ni*ac(or Gum ammoniac Gum am*mo ni*ac, n. [L. Ammoniacum, Gr. ? a resinous gum, said to distill from a tree near the temple of Jupiter Ammon; cf. F. ammoniac. See {Ammonite}.] (Med.) The concrete juice (gum resin) of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gum ammoniac — n AMMONIAC …   Medical dictionary

  • gum ammoniac — n. AMMONIAC …   English World dictionary

  • gum ammoniac — noun the aromatic gum of the ammoniac plant • Syn: ↑ammoniac • Derivationally related forms: ↑ammoniac (for: ↑ammoniac), ↑ammoniacal (for: ↑ammoniac) …   Useful english dictionary

  • gum ammoniac — gum′ ammo′niac n. pln an acrid gum resin derived from a W Asian plant, Dorema ammoniacum, used chiefly in porcelain ceramics Also called ammoniac 1) …   From formal English to slang

  • gum ammoniac — /gʌm əˈmoʊniæk/ (say gum uh mohneeak) noun a medicinal gum resin from the umbelliferous plant, Dorema ammoniacum, of Persia, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ammoniac — Am*mo ni*ac(or Gum ammoniac Gum am*mo ni*ac, n. [L. Ammoniacum, Gr. ? a resinous gum, said to distill from a tree near the temple of Jupiter Ammon; cf. F. ammoniac. See {Ammonite}.] (Med.) The concrete juice (gum resin) of an umbelliferous plant …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ammoniac — I noun the aromatic gum of the ammoniac plant (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑gum ammoniac • Derivationally related forms: ↑ammoniacal • Hypernyms: ↑gum II …   Useful english dictionary

  • ammoniac — /euh moh nee ak /, n. 1. Also, ammoniacum /am euh nuy euh keuhm/. See gum ammoniac. adj. 2. ammoniacal. [1375 1425; late ME armoniac, ammoniak < L ammoniacum < Gk ammoniakón (neut. of ammoniakós of AMMON; see I , AC), applied to a salt and a gum… …   Universalium

  • ammoniac — am•mo•ni•ac [[t]əˈmoʊ niˌæk[/t]] n. 1) chem. gum ammoniac 2) chem. ammoniacal • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME < L ammōniacum < Gk ammōniakón, neut. of ammōniakós of Ammon I; applied to a salt and a gum resin prepared near the Shrine of… …   From formal English to slang


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