vinegar


vinegar
vinegar (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. vinaigre, from vin "wine" (from L. vinum, see WINE (Cf. wine)) + aigre "sour" (see EAGER (Cf. eager)). In L., it was vinum acetum "wine turned sour;" Cf. also Gk. oxos "wine vinegar," which is related to oxys "sharp" (see ACRID (Cf. acrid)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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