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But when did they become the litmus test of competence in office?
So they are a litmus paper for wider fertility—not a significant driver of Israeli birthrates.
Opposition to the Affordable Care Act in toto might linger as a litmus test for conservatives.
The right-wing base and media will make it a litmus test issue.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars organized an Americanization committee that promoted the song as a litmus test of loyalty.Star-Spangled Confederates: How Southern Sympathizers Decided Our National Anthem|Jefferson Morley|July 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is not perfectly soluble in water; and does not turn the colour of litmus red.
Tincture or solution of litmus, or an alkaline solution of indigo.
Agar plates, litmus, glucose broth and a sheet of clean paper were at the same time exposed in the box.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Both the gas and its aqueous solution exercise a feebly acid reaction on litmus.
It is therefore important to control the addition of milk of lime by the use of litmus paper.
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In chemistry, a kind of paper used to tell whether a solution is an acid or a base. Acids turn blue litmus paper red; bases turn red litmus paper blue. Other testing paper or sophisticated instruments can be used to measure the pH of a solution more precisely.