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 collects on the surface. It is the part of milk from which butter is obtained. [1913 Webster]

2. The part of any liquor that rises, and collects on the surface. [R.] [1913 Webster]

3. A delicacy of several kinds prepared for the table from cream, etc., or so as to resemble cream. [1913 Webster]

4. A cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation. [1913 Webster]

In vain she tries her paste and creams, To smooth her skin or hide its seams. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

5. The best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a collection of books or pictures. [1913 Webster]

Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant. --Shelton. [1913 Webster]

{Bavarian cream}, a preparation of gelatin, cream, sugar, and eggs, whipped; -- to be eaten cold.

{Cold cream}, an ointment made of white wax, almond oil, rose water, and borax, and used as a salve for the hands and lips.

{Cream cheese}, a kind of cheese made from curd from which the cream has not been taken off, or to which cream has been added.

{Cream gauge}, an instrument to test milk, being usually a graduated glass tube in which the milk is placed for the cream to rise.

{Cream nut}, the Brazil nut.

{Cream of lime}. (a) A scum of calcium carbonate which forms on a solution of milk of lime from the carbon dioxide of the air. (b) A thick creamy emulsion of lime in water.

{Cream of tartar} (Chem.), purified tartar or argol; so called because of the crust of crystals which forms on the surface of the liquor in the process of purification by recrystallization. It is a white crystalline substance, with a gritty acid taste, and is used very largely as an ingredient of baking powders; -- called also {potassium bitartrate}, {acid potassium tartrate}, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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… …   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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