from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sulfuric acid.
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- n. Sulphuric acid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. strong sulphuric acid; -- so called from its oily consistency and from its forming the vitriols or sulphates.
- n. sulphuric or vitriolic acid; -- popularly so called because it has the consistency of oil.
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- n. (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
This term was coined by the 8th-century Alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan, the chemical's probable discoverer. (Wiktionary)