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acidulous

[uh-sij-uh-luh s] /əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs/
adjective
1.
slightly sour.
2.
sharp; caustic:
his acidulous criticism of the book.
3.
moderately acid or tart; subacid.
Also, acidulent.
Origin of acidulous
1760-1770
From the Latin word acidulus, dating back to 1760-70. See acid, -ulous
Related forms
subacidulous, adjective
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  • She is an acidulous maiden person with ultra-ritualistic tendencies.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She might marry or might miss, or grow into an acidulous red-headed woman.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • Sudden, thunderous outpourings of acidulous and gluey fluid.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Fragrant; golden yellow; tastes oily, acidulous, and resinous.

  • The product is yellowish and acidulous, from the presence of acetic acid.

  • She had no acidulous interest in puncturing sham for the sake of puncturing it.

  • "One would think the first Set were likely to be the best Judges," he adds with acidulous brevity.

  • There was an acidulous resentment in the tone of her answer that indicated that she wanted her husband to send me away.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • His gentle drawl was a capital foil to Lady Georgina's acidulous soprano.

  • He bought a bottle of some acidulous drink just off the ice and refreshed himself with it, drinking from the bottle's mouth.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for acidulous

acidulous

/əˈsɪdjʊləs/
adjective
1.
rather sour
2.
sharp or sour in speech, manner, etc; acid
Word Origin
C18: from Latin acidulus sourish, diminutive of acidus sour
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Word Origin and History for acidulous
adj.

1769, "sub-acidic," used figuratively for "sour-tempered;" from Latin acidulus "slightly sour," a diminutive of acidus (see acid (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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acidulous in Medicine

acidulous a·cid·u·lous (ə-sĭj'ə-ləs)
adj.
Slightly acid or sour.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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