acidulous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin acidulus (sourish, acidulous), dimunitive of acidus (sour, acid). See acid.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈsɪdjʊləs/, /əˈsɪdʒələs/
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Adjective[edit]

acidulous

  1. Slightly sour; sub-acid; sourish.
    • 1796, Edmund Burke, A Letter from the Right Honourable Edmund Burke to a Noble Lord, on the Attacks Made upon Him and His Pension, [], 10th edition, London: [] J. Owen, [], and F[rancis] and C[harles] Rivington, [], OCLC 559505243:
      the hard, acidulous, metallic tincture of the spring
  2. (figuratively) Sharp; caustic.
    • 1931, William Somerset Maugham, His Excellency
      He talked with acidulous tolerance of the exalted personages who had sent Ashenden to X.
  3. Containing carbonic acid.
    acidulous mineral waters

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