Vinegar eel
Vinegar Vin"e*gar, n. [OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre; vin wine (L. vinum) + aigre sour. See {Wine}, and {Eager}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The characteristic sourness of vinegar is due to acetic acid, of which it contains from three to five per cent. Wine vinegar contains also tartaric acid, citric acid, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically. [1913 Webster]

Here's the challenge: . . . I warrant there's vinegar and pepper in't. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • vinegar eel — Eel Eel, n. [AS. ?l; akin to D., G., & Dan. aal, Icel. [=a]ll, Sw. [*a]l.] (Zo[ o]l.) An elongated fish of many genera and species. The common eels of Europe and America belong to the genus {Anguilla}. The electrical eel is a species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vinegar eel — ☆ vinegar eel or vinegar worm n. a small nematode worm (Anguillula aceti) often found in unsterilized vinegar …   English World dictionary

  • vinegar eel — ēl n a minute free living nematode worm of the genus Turbatrix (T. aceti) often found in great numbers in acidic vegetable or vegetable derived fermenting matter (as unpasteurized vinegar) …   Medical dictionary

  • vinegar eel — noun minute eelworm that feeds on organisms that cause fermentation in e.g. vinegar • Syn: ↑vinegar worm, ↑Anguillula aceti, ↑Turbatrix aceti • Hypernyms: ↑eelworm • Member Holonyms: ↑Anguillula, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vinegar eel — /ˈvɪnɪgər il/ (say viniguhr eel) noun a minute nematode worm, Anguillula aceti, found in vinegar, etc. Also, vinegar worm …   Australian English dictionary

  • vinegar-eel — vinˈegar eel noun A minute threadworm that breeds in vinegar • • • Main Entry: ↑vinegar …   Useful english dictionary

  • vinegar eel — vin′egar eel n. ivt a nematode, Turbatrix aceti commonly found in unpasteurized vinegar. Also called vin′egar worm . • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • vinegar eel — a minute nematode worm, Anguillula aceti, common in vinegar, fermenting paste, etc. Also called vinegar worm. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • vinegar eel — noun Date: circa 1839 a minute free living nematode worm (Turbatrix aceti) often found in great numbers in acidic vegetable or vegetable derived fermenting matter (as unpasteurized vinegar) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vinegar eel — Turbatrix aceti, small (2mm), nematodes which live in weakly acidic water and are used as fish food. They are cultured in a special cider vinegar solution and fed pieces of rotting apple. The nematodes need to be filtered out of the solution… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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