bitter spar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bitter spar a light colored mineral consisting of calcium magnesium carbonate; a source of magnesium; used as a ceramic and as fertilizer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bitter spar A common name of dolomite; -- so called because it contains magnesia, the soluble salts of which are bitter. See Dolomite.
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Usage

In poetry:

Indulgent mercy blends, with lenient skill,
Sweet cordials with the bitter cup of woe:
And many a friend, and many a comfort still,
Are kindly spar'd to cheer your stay below.
"To Amira on the Death of Her Son" by Ann Steele