- cream of tartar, esp. the crude form present in grape juice and forming a reddish or whitish, crustlike deposit (argol) in wine casks
- a hard deposit on the teeth, consisting of saliva proteins, food deposits, various salts, as calcium phosphate, etc.; dental calculus
Origin of tartarMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin tartarum ; from Medieval Greek tartaron ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- an irritable, violent, intractable person
Origin of TartarMiddle English Tartre ; from Medieval Latin Tartarus, a Tatar, altered (after Tartarus) ; from Persian T?t?r
Origin of TartarMiddle English Tartre, from Old French Tartare, from Medieval Latin Tartarus, alteration (influenced by Latin Tartarus, Tartarus) of Persian Tatar; see Tatar.
- Dentistry A hard yellowish deposit on the teeth, consisting of organic secretions and food particles deposited in various salts, such as calcium carbonate. Also called calculus.
- A reddish acid compound, chiefly potassium bitartrate, found in the juice of grapes and deposited on the sides of casks during winemaking.
Origin of tartarMiddle English tartre, potassium bitartrate, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tartarum, argol, from Medieval Greek tartaron.
(countable and uncountable, plural tartars)
Via Middle English, via Medieval Latin from Medieval Greek Ï„Î¬ÏÏ„Î±ÏÎ¿Î½ (tartaron), probably from Arabic[Arabic?].
- one of the tributaries of the Kura River, mostly flowing through the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
From Armenian Ô¹Õ¡Ö€Õ©Õ¡Õ¼ (TÊ¿artÊ¿aá¹™).