barilla

barilla

[buh-ree-uh, -reel-yee, -ril-uh]
noun
1.
either of two European saltworts, Salsola kali or S. soda, whose ashes yield an impure carbonate of soda.
2.
the alkali obtained from the ashes of these and certain other maritime plants.

Origin:
1615–25; < Spanish barrilla, apparently equivalent to bar(ra) bar1 + -illa diminutive suffix

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barilla (bəˈrɪlə)
 
n
1.  an impure mixture of sodium carbonate and sodium sulphate obtained from the ashes of certain plants, such as the saltworts
2.  See also saltwort either of two chenopodiaceous plants, Salsola kali (or soda) or Halogeton soda, formerly burned to obtain a form of sodium carbonate
 
[C17: from Spanish barrilla, literally: a little bar, from barrabar1]

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