white vitriol


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n white vitriol a colorless water-soluble powder; used as a mordant or to preserve wood or for the electrodeposition of zinc
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • White vitriol (Chem) hydrous sulphate of zinc. See White vitriol, under Vitriol.
    • White vitriol zinc sulphate, a white crystalline substance used in medicine and in dyeing. It is usually obtained by dissolving zinc in sulphuric acid, or by roasting and oxidizing certain zinc ores. Formerly called also vitriol of zinc.
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In literature:

White vitriol Same as for nitrate of silver.
"The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé" by Harry Houdini
Dissolve alum and white vitriol, of each one drachm, in one pint of water, and filter through paper.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
The blue vitriol is a sulphate of copper, and the white vitriol a sulphate of zinc.
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
White vitriol is a valuable disinfectant, as it will arrest mortification.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Sulphate of zinc (white vitriol) may be used in place of the mustard, or powdered alum.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Sulphate of zinc (white vitriol) may be used in place of the mustard, or powdered alum.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
A solution of metallic salts, as white vitriol, sixty grains to a pint; or an infusion of oak-bark may be injected into the vagina.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
What is the antidote for white vitriol?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The strongly astringent taste, white colour, and injection for dysentry, are more peculiar to alum than to vitriol.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola

In news:

Neo-Nazi White's vitriol costs him $545,000.