Venice treacle
Treacle Trea"cle (tr[=e]"k'l), n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th['e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or venomous beasts, fr. qhri`on a beast, a wild beast, dim. of qh`r a beast. Cf. {Theriac}.] 1. (Old Med.) A remedy against poison. See {Theriac}, 1. [1913 Webster]

We kill the viper, and make treacle of him. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. A sovereign remedy; a cure. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Christ which is to every harm treacle. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Molasses; sometimes, specifically, the molasses which drains from the sugar-refining molds, and which is also called {sugarhouse molasses}. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the United States molasses is the common name; in England, treacle. [1913 Webster]

4. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch, sycamore, and the like. [1913 Webster]

{Treacle mustard} (Bot.), a name given to several species of the cruciferous genus {Erysimum}, especially the {Erysimum cheiranthoides}, which was formerly used as an ingredient in Venice treacle, or theriac.

{Treacle water}, a compound cordial prepared in different ways from a variety of ingredients, as hartshorn, roots of various plants, flowers, juices of plants, wines, etc., distilled or digested with Venice treacle. It was formerly regarded as a medicine of great virtue. --Nares.

{Venice treacle}. (Old Med.) Same as {Theriac}, 1. [1913 Webster]


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  • Venice treacle — Venice treacle, also called Andromachi theriaca, Theriacum Andromachi or treacle of Andromachus, in pharmacy, was a honey or molasses based alexipharmic composition once thought to be good against venom. It was first developed in Italy, then… …   Wikipedia

  • Venice treacle — Theriac The ri*ac, Theriaca The*ri a*ca, n. [L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of serpents, Gr. ?: cf. F. th[ e]riaque. See {Treacle}.] 1. (Old Med.) An ancient composition esteemed efficacious against the effects of poison; especially, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venice treacle — noun Usage: usually capitalized V : a long disused universal antidote or cure all : theriaca 1 * * * Venice treacle noun (archaic) A supposed antidote for all poisons, of many ingredients • • • Main Entry: ↑Venice …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venice treacle — noun see theriaca * * * Venice treacle noun (archaic) A supposed antidote for all poisons, of many ingredients • • • Main Entry: ↑Venice …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Treacle — Trea cle (tr[=e] k l), n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th[ e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treacle mustard — Treacle Trea cle (tr[=e] k l), n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th[ e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treacle water — Treacle Trea cle (tr[=e] k l), n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th[ e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treacle mining — is the (fictitious) mining of treacle (similar to molasses) in a raw form similar to coal. The subject purports to be a serious topic but is in fact an attempt to test the credulity of the reader. The thick black nature of treacle makes the… …   Wikipedia

  • Treacle — is a thick, dark sugar syrup produced during raw sugarcane refiningOxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989.] , used chiefly in cooking as a form of sweetener. It has a distinctively strong flavour, slightly bitter, and a richer colour… …   Wikipedia

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