One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral salt found in dried lake beds, consisting of hydrated sodium carbonate.
- ‘A highly effective desiccator, this mineral - in the form of a paste called natron - was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians to mummify their queens and kings.’
- ‘The strip of cloth was about a foot long and smelled faintly of natron and resin.’
- ‘Behind her, in baskets were ivory tusks, gold, blocks of incense, natron salts and uncut precious stones.’
- ‘The soda was imported from the eastern Mediterranean in a form called natron.’
- ‘After this they fill the cavity with myrrh, cassia and other spices and the body is placed in natron for 70 days.’
- ‘Minor industries include the production of beer, cigarettes, textiles, and natron (a mineral), as well as the processing of sugarcane and meat.’
- ‘To purify their bathing water, they used something called natron, which just happens to be the salt, which is also used to preserve the corpse during mummification.’
Late 17th century: from French, from Spanish natrón, via Arabic from Greek nitron (see nitre).
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