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Definition of tartar (Meaning of tartar)
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Tartar Tar"tar, a.
	     Of or pertaining to Tartary in Asia, or the Tartars.
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	  Tartar Tar"tar, n. [Cf. F. tartare.]
	     See {Tartarus}. --Shak.
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	  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 pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium
	        carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in dyeing, as a mordant
	        for woolen goods; -- called also {argol}, {wine stone},
	        etc.
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	     2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of
	        salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime.
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	     {Cream of tartar}. (Chem.) See under {Cream}.
	
	     {Tartar emetic} (Med. Chem.), a double tartrate of potassium
	        and basic antimony. It is a poisonous white crystalline
	        substance having a sweetish metallic taste, and used in
	        medicine as a sudorific and emetic.
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	  Tartar Tar"tar, n.
	     1. [Per. T[=a]t[=a]r, of Tartar origin.] A native or
	        inhabitant of Tartary in Asia; a member of any one of
	        numerous tribes, chiefly Moslem, of Turkish origin,
	        inhabiting the Russian Europe; -- written also, more
	        correctly but less usually, {Tatar}.
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	     2. A person of a keen, irritable temper.
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	     {To catch a tartar}, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person
	        who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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