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spirit of hartshorn

or spirits of hartshorn

noun, Chemistry.
1.
a colorless, pungent, suffocating, aqueous solution of about 28.5 percent ammonia gas: used chiefly as a detergent, for removing stains and extracting certain vegetable coloring agents, and in the manufacture of ammonium salts.
Origin of spirit of hartshorn
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85
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