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moderately acid or tart; sharp; caustic: an acidulous critique
Not to be confused with:
assiduous – constant; persevering; unremitting: assiduous investigation; continuous; tireless; diligent: an assiduous pursuit of perfection


Slightly sour in taste or in manner.

[From Latin acidulus, diminutive of acidus, sour; see acid.]


(əˈsɪdjʊləs) or


1. rather sour
2. sharp or sour in speech, manner, etc; acid
[C18: from Latin acidulus sourish, diminutive of acidus sour]


(əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs)

also a•cid•u•lent


1. slightly sour.
2. sharp; caustic: acidulous criticism.
3. moderately acid or tart; subacid.
[1760–70; < Latin acidulus. See acid, -ulous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.acidulous - being sour to the taste
sour - having a sharp biting taste


Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids:


[əˈsɪdjʊləs] ADJacídulo
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