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vit•ri•ol



Pronunciation: (vi'trē-ul), [key]
n., v., -oled, -ol•ing or (esp. Brit.) -olled, -ol•ling.


n.
1. Chem.any of certain metallic sulfates of glassy appearance, as copper sulfate or blue vitriol, iron sulfate or green vitriol, zinc sulfate or white vitriol, etc.
2. oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.
3. something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.

v.t.
to treat with or as with vitriol, esp. sulfuric acid.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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