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acidulous

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/ əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs /
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adjective
slightly sour.
sharp; caustic: his acidulous criticism of the book.
moderately acid or tart; subacid.
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Also acidulent.

Origin of acidulous

From the Latin word acidulus, dating back to 1760–70. See acid, -ulous

OTHER WORDS FROM acidulous

sub·a·cid·u·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acidulous

acidulous

acidulent

/ (əˈsɪdjʊləs) /

adjective
rather sour
sharp or sour in speech, manner, etc; acid

Word Origin for acidulous

C18: from Latin acidulus sourish, diminutive of acidus sour
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Medical definitions for acidulous

acidulous
[ ə-sĭjə-ləs ]

adj.
Slightly acid or sour.
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