American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See sulfuric acid.
- n. chemistry, dated Sulphuric acid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) 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.
- n. (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
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