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 umbelliferous plant, the {Dorema ammoniacum}. It is brought chiefly from Persia in the form of yellowish tears, which occur singly, or are aggregated into masses. It has a peculiar smell, and a nauseous, sweet taste, followed by a bitter one. It is inflammable, partially soluble in water and in spirit of wine, and is used in medicine as an expectorant and resolvent, and for the formation of certain plasters. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 — 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,… …   Universalium

  • 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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