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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless crystalline compound, ZnSO4·7H2O, used medicinally as an emetic and astringent, as a fungicide, and in wood and skin preservatives. Also called white vitriol.

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  • n. a colorless water-soluble powder; used as a mordant or to preserve wood or for the electrodeposition of zinc

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