Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See mother, 2.
“The jelly-like substance mother-of-vinegar is in fact a mass of cells of the bacterium Acetobacter aceti var. xylinum.”
“You will not produce vinegar if you add mother-of-vinegar to water, but you will if you add it to an alcoholic liquid such as beer or wine and then leave it exposed to the air for a while.”
“Nowadays, commercial vinegar is pasteurised before bottling, so you tend not to see mother-of-vinegar develop.”
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