acidulous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin acidulus (sourish, acidulous), diminutive of acidus (acid, sour). See acid.

Adjective[edit]

acidulous

  1. Slightly sour; sub-acid; sourish.
    • Edmund Burke
      an acidulous tincture
  2. (figuratively) Sharp; caustic.
    • 1931, W. 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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