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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 ?
This was not conducive to sweetness and light, and we can well imagine how he ate his soul with bitterness during those dreary eight months.
Apart from his selfish egotism and his bitterness, his nature was genuinely loyal, kind and tender to friends and connections; and he hated injustice and the more flagrant kinds of hypocrisy with a sincere and irrepressible violence.
he repeated in a whisper, whose despairing bitterness precluded all resentment.
A meeting, which he anticipated with such joy, so strangely turned to bitterness.
However, their bitterness, astringency and characteristic flavor could limit to what extent they are used in foods and beverages.
The new bitterness blocker, known only at this point as GIV3616, works by blocking some of the bitterness receptors.
Bitterness is notable, but measured, and balanced with dollops of biscuity malt.
During the news conference, MacKenzie recounted some of his experiences as a victim of apartheid and his struggles as a clergyman to reconcile his feelings of bitterness toward his former white oppressors.
This clearly applies in the area of human relationships, where an attitude of bitterness affects ourselves as well as others.
Another low-calorie synthetic sweetener has been developed that its creators say not only tastes like sugar -- with no bitterness or aftertaste -- but also does not promote tooth decay.
Hops arealso present in thenosewith StyrianandFuggles varieties providing the bitterness as well.