bittering agent

noun

: 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 Yenne, The American Brewery, 2003
Some pesticide makers thought putting a bittering agent into the poisons would make rats less likely to eat the products …Robert McClure, MSNBC.com, 22 Dec. 2010
The vast majority of automotive antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, though some contains a bittering agent to eliminate the sweet taste.Steven Cole Smith, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bittering agent was in 1895

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“Bittering agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bittering%20agent. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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