oil of vitriol


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oil of vitriol

oil of vitriol

n
(Elements & Compounds) another name for sulphuric acid

sulfu′ric ac′id



n.
a clear, colorless to brownish, dense, oily, corrosive, water-miscible liquid, H2SO4, used chiefly in the manufacture of fertilizers, chemicals, explosives, and dyestuffs and in petroleum refining. Also called oil of vitriol.
[1780–90]

Oil of vitriol

Sulphuric acid.
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Noun1.oil of vitriol - (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
acid - any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
atomic number 16, sulfur, sulphur, S - an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)
battery acid, electrolyte acid - dilute sulfuric acid used in storage batteries
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Oil of vitriol is an old common name for which dangerous chemical?
To this add gold according to the natural weight and it will be dissolved in an instant; when you have cohobated the solution thrice, distil it to a honey-like mass: to this add twice as much oil of vitriol, distil in a strong fire over a sand bath and there will rise the most elegant rubies.
So tenacious of life is the worm or larva of this insect, that it is not killed when the ginger is immersed for three hours in a solution of chloride of lime, in the proportion of 5 pounds to 200 gallons of water and one pint of oil of vitriol, and after being dried at a heat of 120 Eahr.