or ar·gal

[ ahr-guhl ]

  1. a crude tartar, produced as a by-product in casks by the fermentation of wine grapes, used as a mordant in dyeing, in the manufacture of tartaric acid, and in fertilizers.

Origin of argol

1350–1400; Middle English argul, argoile<Anglo-French argoil ≪ Latin argillaargil

Words Nearby argol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use argol in a sentence

  • argol, let it be understood, is a rather pretty Tartar word for a very ugly thing, which can scarcely be gracefully described.

  • If for white wine, white argol should be used with white currants; if for red wine, red argol with red currants or raspberries.

  • None surely,” interposed argol, “is so vain as to put his prowess on a par with mine.

    Patraas | R. H. Busk
  • It must be borne in mind that this argol was crude tartrates from wine vats, and probably contained a good deal of organic matter.

    De Re Metallica | Georgius Agricola
  • The district of argol is first received colonies, who introduced civilisation into Greece.

British Dictionary definitions for argol



/ (ˈɑːɡɒl) /

  1. crude potassium hydrogentartrate, deposited as a crust on the sides of wine vats

Origin of argol

C14: from Anglo-French argoil, of unknown origin

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