acidulous

adjective
acid·​u·​lous | \ ə-ˈsi-jə-ləs How to pronounce acidulous (audio) \

Definition of acidulous

: somewhat acid or harsh in taste or manner

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Synonyms for acidulous

Synonyms

acid, acidic, sour, sourish, tart, tartish, vinegary

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Examples of acidulous in a Sentence

a slightly acidulous drink that is far more refreshing than the overly sweet iced tea that is also available a gently acidulous writing style that never becomes annoying

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Sourced from Provence, the purple plant is balanced out by acidulous Italian bergamot and spicy-sweet tonka bean. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 New Fragrances to Know This Summer," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of acidulous

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acidulous

borrowed from Latin acidulus "slightly sour," from acidus "sour" + -ulus, attenuating suffix — more at acid entry 2

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The first known use of acidulous was in 1674

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acidulous

adjective
acid·​u·​lous | \ ə-ˈsij-ə-ləs How to pronounce acidulous (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidulous

: somewhat acid to the taste

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