Definition of Treacle

1. Noun. A pale cane syrup.

Exact synonyms: Golden Syrup
Generic synonyms: Sirup, Syrup
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Derivative terms: Treacly

2. Noun. Writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental.
Exact synonyms: Glop, Mush, Slop
Generic synonyms: Sentimentalism
Derivative terms: Sloppy, Treacly

Definition of Treacle

1. n. A remedy against poison. See Theriac, 1.

Definition of Treacle

1. Noun. (obsolete) An antidote for poison; theriac. ¹

2. Noun. (chiefly British) A syrupy byproduct of sugar refining; molasses or golden syrup. ¹

3. Noun. Cloying sentimental speech. ¹

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Definition of Treacle

1. molasses [n -S] - See also: molasses

Medical Definition of Treacle

1. 1. A remedy against poison. See Theriac. "We kill the viper, and make treacle of him." (Jer. Taylor) 2. A sovereign remedy; a cure. "Christ which is to every harm treacle." (Chaucer). 3. Molasses; sometimes, specifically, the molasses which drains from the sugar-refining molds, and which is also called sugarhouse molasses. In the United States molasses is the common name; in England, treacle. 4. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch, sycamore, and the like. Treacle mustard Same as Theriac. Origin: OE. Triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. Triacle, F. Theriaque (cf. Pr. Triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. Triaca, teriaca), L. Theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr, fr. Of wild or venomous beasts, fr. Qhrion a beast, a wild beast, dim. Of qhr a beast. Cf. Theriac. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Treacle

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Literary usage of Treacle

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1. Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of by Chetham Society (1858)
"This treacle is of small price, and is useful for all sorts of cattle. Some people call it the Poor's treacle or German treacle. ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Bristol has also been given the same name, which in this case arises from the large quantity of treacle supplied by the numerous sugar refiners in and about ..."

3. The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1891)
"... treacle lion of England and Franco a treaty of peace ... treacle Bible (Thr) is Bock's Bible of 1540, in which the word balm is rendered treacle. ..."

4. A Dictionary of English Plant-names by James Britten, Robert Holland (1886)
"'The Country men in Corn-wall are great eaters of Garlick for healths sake, whence they call it there, the Country mans treacle. ..."

5. The House and Farm Accounts of the Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe Hall, in the by Shuttleworth family, John Harland (1858)
"Then there was "the Grand treacle, reformed by M. D'Aquin, the king's physician." — "Take dried vipers, with the hearts and livers 20 oz. ; troches of ..."

6. The Bookman (1905)
"'Ah,' says the one, 'but it wants a special kind of treacle.' 'I know,' says the other, 'Golden Syrup.' . . . And all the while Mr. Zang- will is ..."

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