Vinegar

Definition of Vinegar

Vin´e`gar
n.1.A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative, and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the like.
2.Hence, anything sour; - used also metaphorically.
Here's the challenge: . . . I warrant there's vinegar and pepper in't.
- Shak.
Aromatic vinegar
strong acetic acid highly flavored with aromatic substances.
Mother of vinegar
See 4th Mother.
Radical vinegar
acetic acid.
Thieves' vinegar
See under Thief.
Vinegar eel
(Zool.) a minute nematode worm (Leptodera oxophila, or Anguillula acetiglutinis), commonly found in great numbers in vinegar, sour paste, and other fermenting vegetable substances; - called also vinegar worm.
Vinegar lamp
(Chem.) a fanciful name of an apparatus designed to oxidize alcohol to acetic acid by means of platinum.
Vinegar plant
See 4th Mother.
Vinegar tree
(Bot.) the stag-horn sumac (Rhus typhina), whose acid berries have been used to intensify the sourness of vinegar.
Wood vinegar
See under Wood.
v. t.1.To convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp.
Hoping that he hath vinegared his senses
As he was bid.
- B. Jonson.

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