Aqua Tofana
Aqua A"qua, n. [L. See {Ewer}.] Water; -- a word much used in pharmacy and the old chemistry, in various signification, determined by the word or words annexed. [1913 Webster]

{Aqua ammoni[ae]}, the aqueous solution of ammonia; liquid ammonia; often called {aqua ammonia}.

{Aqua marine}, or {Aqua marina}. Same as {Aquamarine}.

{Aqua regia}. [L., royal water] (Chem.), a very corrosive fuming yellow liquid consisting of nitric and hydrochloric acids. It has the power of dissolving gold, the ``royal'' metal.

{Aqua Tofana}, a fluid containing arsenic, and used for secret poisoning, made by an Italian woman named Tofana, in the middle of the 17th century, who is said to have poisoned more than 600 persons. --Francis.

{Aqua vit[ae]}[L., water of life. Cf. {Eau de vie}, {Usquebaugh}], a name given to brandy and some other ardent spirits. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • aqua-tofana — ⇒AQUA TOFANA, subst. fém. Poison subtil nommé aussi aquette : • ... vous verrez passer par la rue des gens droits, frais et roses dont le diable boiteux, s il vous effleurait de son manteau, pourrait vous dire : « Ce monsieur est empoisonné… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Aqua Tofana — (also known as Acqua Toffana and Aqua Tufania and Manna di San Nicola ) was a strong poison that was reputedly widely used in Naples and Rome, Italy. During the early 17th century Giulia Tofana, or Tofania, an infamous lady from Palermo, made a… …   Wikipedia

  • Aqua Tofāna — (lat.; ital. Acquetta di Napoli oder di Perugia, Acqua della Toffa oder schlechtweg Acquetta genannt), berüchtigter, schon in Gaben von wenigen Tropfen tödlicher Gifttrank, der zwar langsam wirkte, aber das erwählte Opfer stets sicher hinwürgte,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • aqua Tofana — /tō fäˈnə/ noun A secret poison (probably arsenical) made by a 17c Sicilian woman Tofana • • • Main Entry: ↑aqua …   Useful english dictionary

  • Aqua Tofana — Aqua Tofāna, Acquetta di Napoli, von der Gräfin Tofa in Neapel im 17. Jahrh. zu verbrecherischen Zwecken bereiteter Gifttrank ungewisser Zusammensetzung …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Aqua tofana — Aqua tofana. Ein problematisches Gift. Die Eigenschaften, welche man ihm beilegte, sind so wunderbar und übertrieben gewesen, daß man gezweifelt hat, ob es jemals ein solches Gift gab. Eine Sicilianerin Donna Tosano soll dessen Erfinderin gewesen …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Aqua Tofana — Das Gift Aqua Tofana ist unter den verschiedensten Namen bekannt. So in Deutschland als Aqua Toffana , Acqua Toffana oder Aqua Tufania . In Italien trug es auch den Namen: Acqua di Napoli . Die Franzosen kennen es unter dem Namen eau de… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aqua tofana — …   Википедия

  • Aqua — A qua, n. [L. See {Ewer}.] Water; a word much used in pharmacy and the old chemistry, in various signification, determined by the word or words annexed. [1913 Webster] {Aqua ammoni[ae]}, the aqueous solution of ammonia; liquid ammonia; often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aqua ammonia — Aqua A qua, n. [L. See {Ewer}.] Water; a word much used in pharmacy and the old chemistry, in various signification, determined by the word or words annexed. [1913 Webster] {Aqua ammoni[ae]}, the aqueous solution of ammonia; liquid ammonia; often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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