bitter

(redirected from bitterest)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
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 periodicals archive ?
If someone dies, you cry and people console you and after some time you come to terms with it, but if someone disappears, you cannot breathe, it is the bitterest of agonies," Amina told AI.
At a time when many of them are struggling to cope with one of the bitterest early winters on record, it is unfortunate that npower has felt it necessary to make this decision now.
I have fully tasted the bitterest of the bitterest.
The bitterest pill of all is when they both caved in to the US regarding the potential future bombing of Iran.
He returned to England with Newcastle a year later but then joined Liverpool s bitterest rivals United on a free transfer in the summer.
Tears of Regret Have the Bitterest Taste; Like Rust in the Mouth of a Mechanical Man.
Robinson comes across as precisely the sort of believer who ought to become a priest or bishop: conscientious, selfless, deeply empathetic, theologically orthodox (in terms of the basics of the faith), and capable of reaching out to even the bitterest enemies.
in Boston, the bitterest, darkest professing Place.
The war in Algeria, for instance, was among the bitterest chapters in French history.
His bitterest memory came just months later when he left Anfield for the final time, and of his own volition, realising he had to move on to further his career.
In a lasting peace that has been your greatest legacy, America confirmed the power of freedom to transform the bitterest enemies into the closest of friends,'' he said.
So do many of the children of teachers' union bosses, among the bitterest opponents of school choice because their paychecks depend on holding children captive in their schools.