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Meaning of AMMONIAC

Pronunciation:  u'mownee`ak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the aromatic gum of the ammoniac plant
  2. [adj]  pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia

AMMONIAC is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ammoniacal, gum ammoniac
 See Also: gum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am*mo"ni*ac\, Ammoniacal \Am`mo*ni"a*cal\, a.
    Of or pertaining to ammonia, or possessing its properties;
    as, an ammoniac salt; ammoniacal gas.
    {Ammoniacal engine}, an engine in which the vapor of ammonia
       is used as the motive force.
    {Sal ammoniac} [L. sal ammoniacus], the salt usually called
       {chloride of ammonium}, and formerly {muriate of ammonia}.
  2. \Am*mo"ni*ac\(or Gum ammoniac \Gum` am*mo"ni*ac\, n.
    [L. Ammoniacum, Gr. ? a resinous gum, said to distill from a
    tree near the temple of Jupiter Ammon; cf. F. ammoniac. See
    {Ammonite}.] (Med.)
    The concrete juice (gum resin) of an umbelliferous plant, the
    {Dorema ammoniacum}. It is brought chiefly from Persia in the
    form of yellowish tears, which occur singly, or are
    aggregated into masses. It has a peculiar smell, and a
    nauseous, sweet taste, followed by a bitter one. It is
    inflammable, partially soluble in water and in spirit of
    wine, and is used in medicine as an expectorant and
    resolvent, and for the formation of certain plasters.