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Meaning of TARTAR

Pronunciation:  'târtur, 'târtur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
  2. [n]  a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century
  3. [n]  a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman
  4. [n]  a salt used especially in baking powder

TARTAR is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: calculus, cream of tartar, dragon, Mongol Tatar, potassium hydrogen tartrate, Tatar, tophus
 See Also: crust, disagreeable woman, encrustation, incrustation, Mongol, Mongolian, salt, unpleasant woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tar"tar\, n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., &
    It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ?); perhaps of Arabic
    1. (Chem.) A reddish crust or sediment in wine casks,
       consisting essentially of crude cream of tartar, and used
       in marking pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium
       carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in dyeing, as a mordant
       for woolen goods; -- called also {argol}, {wine stone},
    2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of
       salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime.
    {Cream of tartar}. (Chem.) See under {Cream}.
    {Tartar emetic} (Med. Chem.), a double tartrate of potassium
       and basic antimony. It is a poisonous white crystalline
       substance having a sweetish metallic taste, and used in
       medicine as a sudorific and emetic.
  2. \Tar"tar\, n.
    1. [Per. T[=a]t[=a]r, of Tartar origin.] A native or
       inhabitant of Tartary in Asia; a member of any one of
       numerous tribes, chiefly Moslem, of Turkish origin,
       inhabiting the Russian Europe; -- written also, more
       correctly but less usually, {Tatar}.
    2. A person of a keen, irritable temper.
    {To catch a tartar}, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person
       who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.]
  3. \Tar"tar\, a.
    Of or pertaining to Tartary in Asia, or the Tartars.
  4. \Tar"tar\, n. [Cf. F. tartare.]
    See {Tartarus}. --Shak.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Tartar is the hardened product of longstanding plaque accumulating minerals from the saliva and foods. Plaque is the soft accummulation of food debris and bacteria around teeth. These bacteria feed on left over food in the mouth to excrete toxins that irritate the gums and dissolve the bone. Plaque can be removed by proper brushing and flossing at home. Dental plaque and tartar cause inflammation of the bone surrounding the teeth referred to as "periodontia".