Noun Adarce Definition and Examples







A salty substance found on plants in salty environments as a result of evaporation of water by the sun and used for therapeutic purposes.
    ((n.) A saltish concretion on reeds and grass in marshy grounds in Galatia. It is soft and porous, and was formerly used for cleansing the skin from freckles and tetters, and also in leprosy.)

    Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blundeville (fl. 1561), author and translator. From post-classical Latin adarce, adarces, variants of classical Latin adarca salty deposit or efflorescence found on reeds (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀδάρκη or ἀδάρκης from Gaulish adarca, perhaps cognate with Early Irish adarc horn (although the semantic connection is unclear), of unknown origin.

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