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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry

Etymologies

This term was coined by the 8th-century Alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan, the chemical's probable discoverer. (Wiktionary)

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