One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially of a sauce: compounded of sweet and sour; bittersweet.
In Italian cookery: a sweet-and-sour sauce, typically based on a reduction of vinegar and sugar; a dish made with this sauce.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in United Service Magazine. From Italian agrodolce (adjective) that tastes both sour and sweet, (noun) a sweet-and-sour sauce from agro sour, acrid + dolce sweet.
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