Iron liquor

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a solution of an iron salt, used as a mordant by dyers.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(In western Europe, where wine vinegar is abundant, textile centres would share a huge communal vat of "iron liquor".) (9) It is the same chemical reaction that forms the base of most ink.