What is tartar?

  • (noun): An incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums.
    Synonyms: calculus, tophus
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More definitions of "tartar":

  • (noun): A member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century.
    Synonyms: Tatar, Mongol Tatar
  • (noun): A fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman.
    Synonyms: dragon

Famous quotes containing the word tartar:

    Asia surrounds us—wherever one’s glance rests, a Tartar physiognomy.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

    Once I went so far as to slaughter a woodchuck which ravaged my bean-field,—effect his transmigration, as a Tartar would say,—and devour him, partly for experiment’s sake; but though it afforded me a momentary enjoyment, notwithstanding a musky flavor, I saw that the longest use would not make that a good practice, however it might seem to have your woodchucks ready dressed by the village butcher.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)