black wash

Black wash

Black" wash`\or Blackwash \Black"wash\, n. 1. (Med.) A lotion made by mixing calomel and lime water.

2. A wash that blackens, as opposed to whitewash; hence, figuratively, calumny.

To remove as far as he can the modern layers of black wash, and let the man himself, fair or foul, be seen. --C. Kingsley.
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