Acetous
Acetous A*ce"tous (#; 277), a. [L. acetum vinegar, fr. acere to be sour.] 1. Having a sour taste; sour; acid. ``An acetous spirit.'' --Boyle. ``A liquid of an acetous kind.'' --Bp. Lowth. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing, or connected with, acetification; as, acetous fermentation. [1913 Webster]

{Acetous acid}, a name formerly given to vinegar, which is a dilute solution of acetic acid. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • acetous — [as′ətōs΄as′i təs, ə sēt′əs] adj. [< LL acetosus, sour: see ACETO & OUS] of, producing, or like vinegar; sour: also acetose [as′ətōs΄] …   English World dictionary

  • acetous — adjective /ˈæ.sɪ.təs,əˈsiː.təs/ a) Having a sour taste; sour; acid. , An acetous spirit Boyle b) Causing, or connected with, acetification; as, acetous fermentation. , A liquid of an acetous kind …   Wiktionary

  • acetous — adjective Date: 1778 relating to or producing vinegar < acetous fermentation >; also sour, vinegary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acetous — Relating to vinegar; sour tasting. * * * ace·tous ə sēt əs, as ət əs adj relating to or producing vinegar <acetous fermentation> * * * ace·tous (asґə təs) pertaining to, producing, or resembling acetic acid …   Medical dictionary

  • acetous — /as i teuhs, euh see /, adj. 1. containing or producing acetic acid. 2. sour; producing or resembling vinegar; vinegary. Also, acetose /as i tohs , euh see tohs/. [1770 80; < LL acetosus. See ACETUM, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • acetous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids: acerb, acerbic, acid, acidulous, dry, sour, tangy, tart1. See TASTE …   English dictionary for students

  • acetous — adj. containing acetic acid; sour, resembling vinegar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acetous — [ə si:təs] adjective producing or resembling vinegar. Origin ME: from late L. acetosus sour , from L. acetum vinegar …   English new terms dictionary

  • acetous — ace·tous …   English syllables

  • acetous — ac•e•tous [[t]ˈæs ɪ təs, əˈsi [/t]] also ac•e•tose [[t] ˌtoʊs, toʊs[/t]] adj. 1) containing or producing acetic acid 2) sour; producing or resembling vinegar; vinegary • Etymology: 1770–80; < LL acetōsus. See acetum, ous …   From formal English to slang

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