treacle

[tree-kuhl]
noun
1.
contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle.
2.
British.
a.
molasses, especially that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
b.
Also called golden syrup. a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.
3.
Pharmacology Obsolete. any of various medicinal compounds, formerly used as antidotes for poison.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English, variant of triacle antidote < Middle French, Old French < Latin thēriaca < Greek thēriakḗ, noun use of feminine of thēriakós concerning wild beasts, equivalent to thērí(on) wild beast (thḗr wild beast + -ion diminutive suffix) + -akos -ac

treacly [tree-klee] , adjective
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treacle (ˈtriːkəl)
 
n
1.  (Brit) Also called: black treacle a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
2.  (Brit) another name for golden syrup
3.  anything sweet and cloying
4.  obsolete any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning
 
[C14: from Old French triacle, from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison]
 
'treacly
 
adj
 
'treacliness
 
n

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treacle
1340, "medicinal compound, antidote for poison," from O.Fr. triacle "antidote" (c.1200), from V.L. *triacula, from L. theriaca, from Gk. theriake (antidotos) "antidote for poisonous wild animals," from fem. of theriakos "of a wild animal," from therion "wild animal," dim. of ther (gen. theros) "wild
animal," from PIE base *ghwer- "wild" (see fierce). Sense of "molasses" is first recorded 1694; that of "anything too sweet or sentimental" is from 1771. The connection may be from the use of molasses as a laxative, or its use to disguise the bad taste of medicine.
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treacle

syrup remaining after sugar is crystallized out of cane or beet juice. Molasses syrup is separated from sugar crystals by means of centrifuging. Molasses is separated from the sugar crystals repeatedly during the manufacturing process, resulting in several different grades of molasses; that obtained from the first extraction contains more sugar, tastes sweeter, and is lighter in colour than molasses obtained at the second or third extractions. The third and final extraction yields blackstrap molasses, a heavy, viscous, dark-coloured product that has had all the sugar removed from it that can be separated practically by ordinary crystallization.

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His treacle-brown hair, cut short, is thinning slightly.
Cap the meal with a sublime treacle pudding and you could almost excuse the kitchen's blunders.
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