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trea·cle

(trē'kĕl),
1. Molasses, a viscid syrup that drains from sugar-refining molds.
See also: theriaca.
2. A saccharine fluid.
See also: theriaca.
3. Formerly, a remedy for poison, hence any effective remedy.
See also: theriaca.
4. A possible nucleolar-cytoplasmic transporter protein encoded by the gene responsible for Treacher-Collins syndrome.
[M.E. triacle, antidote, fr. L. theriaca, antidote to snake bite, fr. G. thēriakos, pertaining to wild beasts]

treacle

(trē′kəl)
n.
A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison.
References in classic literature ?
For instead of attempting to seize more solid ground, this mad regiment, having put the river in its rear by one wild charge, did nothing more, but stuck there in the mire like flies in treacle.
Like treacle," interjected the Professor, rather low, keeping an impassive expression.
He was a partner in a house in some large way--spirits, or buttons, or wine, or blacking, or oatmeal, or woollen, or pork, or hooks and eyes, or iron, or treacle, or shoes, or something or other that was wanted for troops, or seamen, or somebody--and the house burst, and we being among the creditors, detainees were lodged on the part of the Crown in a scientific manner, and all the rest Of it.