Cream of tartar
Tartar Tar"tar, n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., & It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ?); perhaps of Arabic origin.] 1. (Chem.) A reddish crust or sediment in wine casks, consisting essentially of crude cream of tartar, and used in marking pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in dyeing, as a mordant for woolen goods; -- called also {argol}, {wine stone}, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime. [1913 Webster]

{Cream of tartar}. (Chem.) See under {Cream}.

{Tartar emetic} (Med. Chem.), a double tartrate of potassium and basic antimony. It is a poisonous white crystalline substance having a sweetish metallic taste, and used in medicine as a sudorific and emetic. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cream of tartar — Cream Cream (kr[=e]m), n. [F. cr[^e]me, perh. fr. LL. crema cream of milk; cf. L. cremor thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare to burn.] 1. The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cream of tartar — ► cream of tartar potassium hydrogen tartrate, an acidic crystalline compound used in baking powder. Main Entry: ↑tartar …   English terms dictionary

  • cream of tartar — noun uncount a white substance used in BAKING POWDER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cream of tartar — n. a white, acid, crystalline substance, KHC4H4O6, used in baking powder, medicine, etc.; potassium bitartrate …   English World dictionary

  • cream of tartar — N UNCOUNT Cream of tartar is a white powder used in baking …   English dictionary

  • cream of tartar — cream′ of tar′tar n. chem. a white, crystalline, water soluble powder, C4H5KO6, used chiefly as an ingredient in baking powders and in galvanic tinning of metals • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • cream of tartar — noun a salt used especially in baking powder • Syn: ↑tartar, ↑potassium bitartrate, ↑potassium hydrogen tartrate • Derivationally related forms: ↑tartaric (for: ↑tartar) …   Useful english dictionary

  • cream of tartar — a white, crystalline, water soluble powder, C4H5KO6, used chiefly as an ingredient in baking powders and in galvanic tinning of metals. Also called potassium bitartrate, potassium acid tartrate. Cf. tartar (def. 3). [1655 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • cream of tartar — potassium hydrogen tartrate, an acidic crystalline compound used in baking powder. → tartar …   English new terms dictionary

  • cream of tartar — noun purified and crystallised potassium bitartrate, used as a baking powder ingredient, etc. See tartar (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

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