cream of tartar
Date: 1662 a white crystalline salt C4H5KO6 used especially in baking powder and in certain treatments of metals

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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 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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