mother of vinegar
Date: 1601 a slimy membrane composed of yeast and bacterial cells that develops on the surface of alcoholic liquids undergoing acetous fermentation and is added to wine or cider to produce vinegar — called also mother

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  • Mother of vinegar — in a cup Mother of vinegar[1] also called Mycoderma aceti (a New Latin expression, from the Greek μὑκης (fungus) plus δἐρμα (skin), and the Latin aceti (of the acid) …   Wikipedia

  • Mother of vinegar — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mother of vinegar — n. [see MOTHER2] a stringy, gummy, slimy substance formed by bacteria (genus Acetobacter) in vinegar or on the surface of fermenting liquids: used as a starter to make vinegar …   English World dictionary

  • mother of vinegar — Etymology: mother (IV) : mother IV 2 * * * mother2. [1595 1605] * * * mother of vinegar, = mother2. (Cf. ↑mother) …   Useful english dictionary

  • mother of vinegar — mother2. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • mother of vinegar — noun → mother2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vinegar — is a liquid substance consisting mainly of acetic acid and water, the acetic acid being produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.[1]. Commercial vinegar is produced either by fast or slow fermentation processes. Slow… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vinegar lamp — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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