AskDefine | Define treacle

Dictionary Definition



1 a pale cane syrup [syn: golden syrup]
2 an expression that is excessively sweet and sentimental [syn: mush]

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/triːkəl/ Rhymes with: -iːkəl


  1. In the context of "mostly|British": A syrupy byproduct of sugar refining; molasses or golden syrup.
  2. Cloying sentimental speech.
  3. An antidote for poison; theriac.


molasses or golden syrup
cloying sentimental speech
antidote for poison

Extensive Definition

Treacle is an old term once used by herbalists and apocatharies to describe a medicine composed of many ingredients, or one used as a treatment for poisons, snakebites or various ailments. In this time wells or springs believed to contain curative water were known as "treacle wells". The name is derived from the Old French triacle, in turn from Latin theriaca, meaning “antidote to poison”.
Nowadays, it has acquired a new meaning in the public consciousness. Used chiefly in cooking as a form of sweetener, it is a thick, dark syrup produced during raw Sugarcane refining. It has a distinctively strong flavour, slightly bitter, and a richer colour than Golden syrup, yet not as dark as Molasses.


Treacle is made from syrups that remain after white sugar is removed from the refining process. The sugar cane is crushed, then the juice boiled to specific consistencies for crystallization (Sugar), Treacle being one of a group of named syrups extracted during this process.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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