Tartar definition

tärtər
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An irritable, violent, intractable person.
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A reddish acid compound, chiefly potassium bitartrate, found in the juice of grapes and deposited on the sides of casks during winemaking.
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Cream of tartar, esp. the crude form present in grape juice and forming a reddish or whitish, crustlike deposit (argol) in wine casks.
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A hard yellowish deposit on the teeth, consisting of organic secretions and food particles deposited in various salts, such as calcium carbonate.
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A hard yellowish deposit on the teeth, consisting of organic secretions and food particles deposited in various salts, such as calcium carbonate.
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A reddish acid compound consisting of a tartrate of potassium, found in the juice of grapes and deposited on the sides of wine casks.
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A red compound deposited during wine making; mostly potassium hydrogen tartrate - a source of cream of tartar.
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Alternative spelling of Tatar.
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A member of the various tribes and their descendants of Tartary, such as Turks, Mongols and Manchus.
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(figuratively, dated) A person of a keen, irritable temper.
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One of the tributaries of the Kura River, mostly flowing through the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
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(dentistry) A hard yellowish deposit on the teeth, consisting of organic secretions and food particles deposited in various salts, such as calcium carbonate.
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A hard deposit on the teeth, consisting of saliva proteins, food deposits, various salts, as calcium phosphate, etc.; dental calculus.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tartar
Plural:
tartars

Origin of tartar

  • Middle English tartre potassium bitartrate from Old French from Medieval Latin tartarum argol from Medieval Greek tartaron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Middle English, via Medieval Latin from Medieval Greek τάρταρον (tartaron), probably from Arabic[Arabic?].

    From Wiktionary

  • (dated) A fearsome or angrily violent person.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Armenian Թարթառ (Tʿartʿaṙ).

    From Wiktionary