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 for Tartar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tartar \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.
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     2. A person of a keen, irritable temper.
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     To catch a tartar, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person
        who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tartar \Tar"tar\, n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., &
     It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ?); perhaps of Arabic
     origin.]
     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,
        etc.
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     2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of
        salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tartar \Tar"tar\, a.
     Of or pertaining to Tartary in Asia, or the Tartars.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tartar \Tar"tar\, n. [Cf. F. tartare.]
     See Tartarus. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tartar
      n 1: a salt used especially in baking powder [syn: cream of
           tartar, tartar, potassium bitartrate, potassium
           hydrogen tartrate]
      2: a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman [syn: dragon,
         tartar]
      3: a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded
         Russia in the 13th century [syn: Tatar, Tartar, Mongol
         Tatar]
      4: an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums [syn:
         tartar, calculus, tophus]

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