alum


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alum \Al"um\, n. [OE. alum, alom, OF. alum, F. alun, fr. L.
   alumen alum.] (Chem.)
   A double sulphate formed of aluminium and some other element
   (esp. an alkali metal) or of aluminium. It has twenty-four
   molecules of water of crystallization.
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   Note: Common alum is the double sulphate of aluminium and
         potassium. It is white, transparent, very astringent,
         and crystallizes easily in octahedrons. The term is
         extended so as to include other double sulphates
         similar to alum in formula.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alum \Al"um\, v. t.
   To steep in, or otherwise impregnate with, a solution of
   alum; to treat with alum. --Ure.
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