Saleratus Sal`e*ra"tus, n. [NL. sal a["e]ratus; -- so called because it is a source of fixed air (carbon dioxide). See {Sal}, and and {A["e]rated}.] (Old Chem.) A["e]rated salt; a white crystalline substance having an alkaline taste and reaction, consisting of sodium bicarbonate (see under {Sodium}.) It is largely used in cooking, with sour milk (lactic acid) or cream of tartar as a substitute for yeast. It is also an ingredient of most baking powders, and is used in the preparation of effervescing drinks. [1913 Webster]

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  • saleratus — ☆ saleratus [sal΄ə rāt′əs ] n. [ModL sal aeratus, aerated salt] sodium (or sometimes potassium) bicarbonate; baking soda, as used in cooking …   English World dictionary

  • saleratus — Sodium bicarbonate Sodium bicarbonate, a white crystalline substance, {HNaCO3}, with a slight alkaline taste resembling that of sodium carbonate. It is found in many mineral springs and also produced artificially,. It is used in cookery, in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saleratus — noun Etymology: New Latin sal aeratus aerated salt Date: 1837 a leavening agent consisting of potassium or sodium bicarbonate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saleratus — /sal euh ray teuhs/, n. sodium bicarbonate used in cookery; baking soda. [1830 40, Amer.; var. of L sal aeratus. See SAL, AERATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • saleratus — noun a) sodium bicarbonate b) potassium bicarbonate …   Wiktionary

  • saleratus — [ˌsalə reɪtəs] noun US dated sodium bicarbonate (or sometimes potassium bicarbonate) as the main ingredient of baking powder. Origin C19: from mod. L. sal aeratus aerated salt …   English new terms dictionary

  • saleratus — sal·e·ra·tus …   English syllables

  • saleratus — /sæləˈreɪtəs/ (say saluh raytuhs) noun US potassium or sodium bicarbonate, used as an ingredient in baking powder. {New Latin salǣrātus aerated salt} …   Australian English dictionary

  • saleratus —   n. sodium bicarbonate; baking powder …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • saleratus — n. US an ingredient of baking powder consisting mainly of potassium or sodium bicarbonate. Etymology: mod.L sal aeratus aerated salt …   Useful english dictionary

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