from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Vinegar.
  • noun [Vinegar was deemed efficacious in preventing contagion.]

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Vinegar; verjuice.

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  • noun obsolete vinegar, verjuice


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Ultimately from Latin acētum



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  • vinegar, also described as "wormwood wine", something unpleasant to drink. For instance, in this passage Hamlet says he will do anything to prove he loved Ophelia more than Laertes did:

    'Swounds, show me what thou'lt do:

    Woo't weep? woo't fight? woo't fast? woo't tear thyself?

    Woo't drink up eisel? eat a crocodile?

    I'll do't. Dost thou come here to whine?

    To outface me with leaping in her grave?

    Be buried quick with her, and so will I:

    November 1, 2007