bittering agent

noun

Definition of bittering agent

: an ingredient added to a substance to give it a bitter flavor
  • The Sumerians flavored their beer with honey, while Europeans flavored and preserved their beer with a bittering agent such as hops.
  • —Bill YenneThe American Brewery2003
  • Some pesticide makers thought putting a bittering agent into the poisons would make rats less likely to eat the products …
  • —Robert McClureMSNBC.com22 Dec. 2010
  • The vast majority of automotive antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, though some contains a bittering agent to eliminate the sweet taste.
  • —Steven Cole SmithOrlando Sentinel15 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of bittering agent

1895


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