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A preparation, usually of herbal origin, with a bitter taste, which allegedly triggers a cascade of sensory CNS responses—e.g., stimulation of appetite, increased flow of gastric and bile juices, hepatic detoxification, and effecting intrinsic repair of the gastrointestinal tract

bitter

(bĭt′ĕr) [AS. biter, strong]
Having a caustic, sharp, or disagreeable taste. It is one of the five taste senses (bitter, salty, savory, sour, and sweet).

bitter

1. an austere and unpalatable taste like that of quinine.
2. a medicinal and culinary agent used as a tonic, alterative or appetizer.

bitter almond
a variety of Prunus amygdalus, the almond tree. Grown for the production of almond oil. The kernel of its seed contains sufficient cyanogenetic glycoside to be a possible cause of cyanide poisoning. The smell of bitter almonds is often quoted as being a characteristic finding in cases of cyanide poisoning in animals.
bitter bark
see alstoniaconstricta.
bitter melon
citrulluslanatus.
bitter rubberweed
hymenoxysodorata.
bitter sneezeweed
heleniumamarum.
bitter vetch
ervumervilia.
References in classic literature ?
if there were less of this delicate concealment of facts - this whispering, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace, there would be less of sin and misery to the young of both sexes who are left to wring their bitter knowledge from experience.
I want the sugar first, then I'll drink the bitter water.
After many bitter execrations on Partridge, and not fewer on himself, he ordered the poor fellow, who was frightened out of his wits, to run down and hire him horses at any rate; and a very few minutes afterwards, having shuffled on his clothes, he hastened down-stairs to execute the orders himself, which he had just before given.
Tulliver threw himself back in his chair; his mind, which had so long been the home of nothing but bitter discontent and foreboding, suddenly filled, by the magic of joy, with visions of good fortune.
The Phoenix Nights star's funny ads for John Smith's, including a footballer who boots the ball away and an Olympic diver who 'bombs' the pool, have been credited with making it the top-selling bitter for take-home drinkers.
It was nearly five years ago that Mark and Robert Bitter, the principals of Scalamandre approached Greiner-Maltz to assist in their expansion plans.
Taste is actually a very direct way of experiencing the pharmacology of a plant--certain strong alkaloids taste bitter, volatile oils have an aromatic taste, certain plant acids have a sour of astringent taste.
NATURAL compounds that mask bitter flavours may be better at helping the medicine go down than a spoonful sugar, it was disclosed yesterday.
One of the most devastating diseases for apples in the summer is bitter rot.
This Bitter Earth, set in the mid-1950s, opens with Sugar being mutilated and left for dead.
Plants contain compounds that give them a bitter flavor, possibly to provide a defense against predators by making the plant taste bad.