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  1. an acid liquor made from the sour juice of crab apples, unripe grapes, etc., formerly much used for culinary and other purposes.
  2. sourness, as of temper or expression.
adjective Also ver·juiced.
  1. of or relating to verjuice.
  2. sour in temper, expression, etc.

Origin of verjuice

1275–1325; Middle English verjuis < Middle French vertjus, equivalent to vert green (< Latin viridis) + jus juice
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    1. the acid juice of unripe grapes, apples, or crab apples, formerly much used in making sauces, etc
    2. (as modifier)verjuice sauce
  1. rare
    1. sourness or sharpness of temper, looks, etc
    2. (as modifier)a verjuice old wife
  1. (tr) rare to make sour; embitter

Word Origin

C14: from Old French vert jus green (unripe) juice, from Old French vert green (from Latin viridis) + jus juice (from Latin jūs)
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