Definition for TREA-CLE

TREA-CLE, n. [Fr. theriaque; It. teriaca; Sp. triaca; L. theriaca; Gr. θηριακη, from θηρ, a wild beast; θηριακα φαρμακα.]

  1. The spume of sugar in sugar refineries. Treacle is obtained in refining sugar; melasses is the drainings of crude sugar. Treacle however is often used for melasses.
  2. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch, sycamore, &c. – Cyc.
  3. A medicinal compound of various ingredients. [See Theriaca.]

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