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Verjuice

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Verjuice Tartness; sourness, as of disposition.
    • Verjuice The sour juice of crab apples, of green or unripe grapes, apples, etc.; also, an acid liquor made from such juice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verjuice An acid liquor expressed from crab-apples, unripe grapes, etc., used for culinary and other purposes.
    • n verjuice Sourness or acidity of temper, manner, or expression; tartness.
    • verjuice To make sour or acid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Verjuice ver′jōōs the expressed juice of green or unripe fruit: sourness of temper
    • v.t Verjuice to make sour or acid
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vergeous, F. verjus, that is, the juice of green fruits; verd, vert, green + jus, juice. See Verdant, and Juice

Usage

In literature:

Couldst see by his cheek and eye that he is as bitter as verjuice.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
This was the prelude to marriages innumerable, marriages destined to be dull as ditchwater or sour as verjuice.
"Will Warburton" by George Gissing
She has kept her virtue by her until it has turned sour, and now every word and look smacks of verjuice.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
Squirt thy verjuice, when thou art roasting, some other way.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
No, Howard wasn't the sort that hankered for verjuice.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
Gather crabs in woods and hedgerows for making verjuice.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
These verses are verjuiced, unwarranted, unfair.
"The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)" by Aphra Behn
Make a lear of almond paste and grape verjuice.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Verjuice was the most acid type of vinegar.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Then add to it three or four spoonfuls of verjuice, a piece of butter, and two or three eggs well beaten.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
You look as grim as if there was verjuice in the sherry.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
They were eaten with slices of onion fried in oil, butter, verjuice, nutmeg, and salt.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Yet somehow the tiny verjuice drop had been instilled.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
Verjuice is the fermented juice of crab apples.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Hast thou no verjuice for our good friend here, Camarga?
"The Infidel, Vol. I." by Robert Montgomery Bird
Crab apples were collected to make verjuice.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
There was also provided 90 gallons of verjuice, at 3d.
"England in the Days of Old" by William Andrews
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In news:

Also, an acid liquor made from verjuice .
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