Origin of tartar
Origin of Tartar1
Examples from the Web for tartar
Contemporary Examples of tartar
To assemble taco place escabeche, fish and tartar sauce in a tortilla and garnish with cilantro and lime.
For tartar sauce combine diced onions and jalapenos with mayo and mix well.
Try adding a pinch of cream of tartar to the whites for a similar effect.Cracking the Code on All Things Egg
September 15, 2009
Dissolve the sugar, water and cream of tartar in a saucepan over a low heat.Pumpkin Seed Brittle
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
Historical Examples of tartar
You know, I think it wrong to kill a bird, or worm, or even a Tartar.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
In this Tartar fashion she was to have been carried off to the north of Spain.
No, her daughter ran away and crossed the sea with a Tartar.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Dissolve a pound of alum, and as much cream of tartar, in a quart of boiling water, and add two full gallons of cold water to it.
Every unbroken colt is like a ticket in a lottery; it may be easy, or it may be a tartar.The Night Riders
Word Origin for tartar
Word Origin for tartar
"bitartrate of potash" (a deposit left during fermentation), late 14c., from Old French tartre, from Medieval Latin tartarum, from late Greek tartaron "tartar encrusting the sides of wine casks," perhaps of Semitic origin. The purified substance is cream of tartar. The meaning "encrustation on teeth" (calcium phosphate) is first recorded 1806.
mid-14c. (implied in Tartary, "the land of the Tartars"), from Medieval Latin Tartarus, from Persian Tatar, first used 13c. in reference to the hordes of Ghengis Khan (1202-1227), said to be ultimately from Tata, a name of the Mongols for themselves. Form in European languages probably influenced by Latin Tartarus "hell" (e.g. letter of St. Louis of France, 1270: "In the present danger of the Tartars either we shall push them back into the Tartarus whence they are come, or they will bring us all into heaven"). The historical word for what now are called in ethnological works Tatars. A Turkic people, their native region was east of the Caspian Sea. Ghengis' horde was a mix of Tatars, Mongols, Turks, etc. Used figuratively for "savage, rough, irascible person" (1660s); Byron's tartarly (1821) is a nonce-word. To catch a Tartar "get hold of what cannot be controlled" is recorded from 1660s; original sense not preserved, but probably from some military story similar to the old battlefield joke:
Irish soldier (shouting from within the brush): I've captured one of the enemy.
Captain: Excellent! Bring him here.
Soldier: He won't come.
Captain: Well, then, you come here.
Soldier: I would, but he won't let me.
Tartar sauce is first recorded 1855, from French sauce tartare.