oil of vitriol
Date: 1580 concentrated sulfuric acid

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  • Oil of vitriol — Vitriol Vit ri*ol, n. [F. vitriol; cf. Pr. vitriol, vetriol, Sp. & Pg. vitriolo, It. vitriuolo; fr. L. vitreolus of glass, vitreus vitreous. See {Vitreous}.] (Chem.) (a) A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oil of vitriol — Vitriol Vit ri*ol, n. [F. vitriol; cf. Pr. vitriol, vetriol, Sp. & Pg. vitriolo, It. vitriuolo; fr. L. vitreolus of glass, vitreus vitreous. See {Vitreous}.] (Chem.) (a) A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oil of vitriol — Oil Oil (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oil of vitriol — n. [so called because green vitriol was its source] SULFURIC ACID …   English World dictionary

  • oil of vitriol — Sulphuric Sul*phu ric, a. [Cf. F. sulfurique.] 1. Of or pertaining to sulphur; as, a sulphuric smell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oil of vitriol — SYN: sulfuric acid. * * * oil of vitriol n concentrated sulfuric acid …   Medical dictionary

  • oil of vitriol — oil′ of vit′riol n. chem. sulfuric acid • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • oil of vitriol — noun (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry • Syn: ↑vitriol, ↑sulfuric acid, ↑sulphuric acid • Derivationally related forms: ↑vitriolic (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • oil of vitriol — noun Sulphuric acid. Syn: vitriol …   Wiktionary

  • oil of vitriol — Chem. See sulfuric acid. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

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