tar·tar /ˈtɑrtɚ/ 名詞
1. 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.
2. A person of a keen, irritable temper.
To catch a tartar, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.]
Tar·tar, a. Of or pertaining to Tartary in Asia, or the Tartars.
Tar·tar, n. See Tartarus.
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.
2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime.
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.
n 1: a salt used especially in baking powder [syn: cream of
tartar, potassium hydrogen tartrate]
2: a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman [syn: dragon]
3: a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded
Russia in the 13th century [syn: Tatar, Mongol Tatar]
4: an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums [syn: calculus,