variants: or acidulent \ ə-​ˈsi-​jə-​lənt How to pronounce acidulent (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of acidulant

: an acidulating or acidifying agent vinegar is an acidulant

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First Known Use of acidulant

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acidulant

borrowed from French acidulant, from present participle of aciduler “to make acidic,” back-formation from acidulé “treated with acid,” borrowed from New Latin acidulātus

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“Acidulant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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