Meaning of bitters

bit•ters

Pronunciation: (bit'urz), [key]
— n. (used with a pl. v.)
  1. a liquid, often an alcoholic liquor, in which bitter herbs or roots have steeped, used as a flavoring, esp. in mixed drinks, or as a tonic.
    1. a liquid, usually alcoholic, impregnated with a bitter medicine, as gentian or quassia, used to increase the appetite or as a tonic.
    2. bitter medicinal substances in general, as quinine.
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