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

  Vinegar \Vin"e*gar\, n. [OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre; vin wine (L.
     vinum) + aigre sour. See Wine, and Eager, a.]
     1. A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative,
        and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or
        by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the
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     Note: The characteristic sourness of vinegar is due to acetic
           acid, of which it contains from three to five per cent.
           Wine vinegar contains also tartaric acid, citric acid,
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     2. Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically.
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              Here's the challenge: . . . I warrant there's
              vinegar and pepper in't.              --Shak.
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     Aromatic vinegar, strong acetic acid highly flavored with
        aromatic substances.
     Mother of vinegar. See 4th Mother.
     Radical vinegar, acetic acid.
     Thieves' vinegar. See under Thief.
     Vinegar eel (Zool.), a minute nematode worm ({Leptodera
        oxophila, or Anguillula acetiglutinis), commonly found
        in great numbers in vinegar, sour paste, and other
        fermenting vegetable substances; -- called also vinegar
     Vinegar lamp (Chem.), a fanciful name of an apparatus
        designed to oxidize alcohol to acetic acid by means of
     Vinegar plant. See 4th Mother.
     Vinegar+tree+(Bot.),+the+stag-horn+sumac+({Rhus+typhina">Vinegar tree (Bot.), the stag-horn sumac ({Rhus typhina),
        whose acid berries have been used to intensify the
        sourness of vinegar.
     Wood vinegar. See under Wood.
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