(Heb. borith mekabbeshim, i.e., "alkali of those treading cloth"). Mention is made ( Proverbs 25:20 ; Jeremiah 2:22 ) of nitre and also ( Malachi 3:2 ) of soap (Heb. borith) used by the fuller in his operations. Nitre is found in Syria, and vegetable alkali was obtained from the ashes of certain plants. (See SOAP .)
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Fullers soap". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".