cream of tartar



a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C4H5KO6, used chiefly as an ingredient in baking powders and in galvanic tinning of metals.Also called potassium bitartrate, potassium acid tartrate.Compare tartar(def 3).

Origin of cream of tartar

First recorded in 1655–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cream of tartar

  • Chloride of silver, two parts; cream-of-tartar, two parts; alum, one part.

  • The pod of the cream-of-tartar is the shape of a cucumber and 10 to 12 inches long.

  • The cream-of-tartar tree, however, will interest a visitor more.

  • One cream-of-tartar tree seen close to the falls measured 22 feet in diameter.

  • Then from the kitchen, where she had gone to get a fresh supply of cream-of-tartar biscuit, came little Mrs. Tidditt.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for cream of tartar

cream of tartar


another name for potassium hydrogen tartrate, esp when used in baking powders
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