or ar·gal

[ahr-guh l]


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 argoilLatin argilla argil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for argol

Historical Examples of argol

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


    R. H. Busk

  • Everything one eats and drinks has the same taste of argol smoke.

  • Or else take equal portions of gold ore, vitriol, argol, and of salt.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • 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




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

Word Origin for argol

C14: from Anglo-French argoil, of unknown origin
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