bitter principle


noun Chemistry.

any of several hundred natural compounds, usually of vegetable origin, having a bitter taste, and not admitting of any chemical classification.

Nearby words

  1. bitter lakes,
  2. bitter melon,
  3. bitter orange,
  4. bitter pill,
  5. bitter pill to swallow,
  6. bitter rot,
  7. bitterbark,
  8. bitterbrush,
  9. bittercress,
  10. bitterender

Origin of bitter principle

First recorded in 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for bitter principle

bitter principle

noun

any of various bitter-tasting substances, such as aloin, usually extracted from plants
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