Meaning of tartar

tar•tar

Pronunciation: (tär'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. calculus (def. 3).
  2. the deposit from wines, potassium bitartrate.
  3. the intermediate product of cream of tartar, obtained from the crude form, argol.

Tar•tar

Pronunciation: (tär'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of any of the various tribes, chiefly Mongolian and Turkish, who, originally under the leadership of Genghis Khan, overran Asia and much of eastern Europe in the Middle Ages.
  2. a member of the descendants of this people variously intermingled with other peoples and tribes, now inhabiting parts of the European and W and central Asian Russian Federation.
  3. Tatar (defs. 1–3).
  4. (often l.c.) a savage, intractable person.
  5. (often l.c.) an ill-tempered person.
  6. to deal with someone or something that proves unexpectedly troublesome or powerful.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a Tartar or Tartars; Tartarian.
  2. Tatar (def. 5).

Tar•tar

Pronunciation: (tär'tur), [key]
— n. Obs.
  1. Tartarus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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