Meaning of borax

bo•rax

Pronunciation: (bôr'aks, -uks, bōr'-), [key]
— pl. bo•rax•es, bo•ra•ces
  1. a white, water-soluble powder or crystals, hydrated sodium borate, NaBO&multiplydot;10HO, occurring naturally or obtained from naturally occurring borates; tincal: used as a flux, cleansing agent, in the manufacture of glass, porcelain, and enamel, and in tanning. Also called

bo•rax

Pronunciation: (bôr'aks, -uks, bōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. cheap, showy, poorly made merchandise, esp. cheaply built furniture of an undistinguished or heterogeneous style.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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