One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bitter-tasting synthetic organic compound added to cleaning fluids or other products to make them unpalatable.
- ‘The lab experts finally identified the fluid through a taste test; one brave technician detected the presence of a bittering agent known as denatonium benzoate (trade name Bitrex).’
- ‘When buying snail pellets, be sure that it contains ‘Bitrex’ which acts as a taste deterrent to children.’’
- ‘It tasted bitter, very bitter - bitterer than a beer brewed from the most horribly burnt hops, infused with that Bitrex stuff they put in bleach to discourage kids from swallowing, and topped off with essence of Greg Dyke.’
- ‘Snail bait pellets are still the choice of many gardeners, particularly since the child & animal paste deterrent ‘Bitrex’ has been added.’
1960s: an invented name.
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