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Definition of "tar-water" []

  • A cold infusion of tar, formerly a favorite remedy for many chronic affections, especially of the lungs. (noun)
  • The tarry ammoniacal water obtained in the process of gas-manufacture. (noun)

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "tar-water" in a sentence
  • "While Baillie's own medical knowledge may question the legitimacy of phrenology as science, her satire of it in The Match may, like Berkeley's tar-water, function metaphorically as utopianism."
  • "Bishop George Berkeley, for example, in his 1744 utopian treatise, Siris, delineates his vision of a world cured of imperfections by tar-water."
  • "Like tar-water and phrenology, enthusiasm or mesmerism here functions as feminist utopian thought by offering what Sargisson call alternative “unruly thinking” (Contemporary 128) seeking to unsettle “scientific” paradigms."
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