One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay.
- ‘Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can also all contribute to discolouration.’
- ‘When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth for too long, it collects close to the gums and turns into a hard substance called tartar.’
- ‘This prevents a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth.’
- ‘If I thought my visit today would be any less unpleasant (all the tartar having been removed last time), I was somewhat disappointed.’
- ‘The toothbrush is no longer useful because the tartar is closely attached to the teeth.’
- 1.1 A deposit of impure potassium hydrogen tartrate formed during the fermentation of wine.
- ‘Add the tartar and bicarbonate of soda, the sugar and the milk soured with lemon juice.’
Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from medieval Greek tartaron, of unknown origin.
1A member of the combined forces of central Asian peoples, including Mongols and Turks, who under the leadership of Genghis Khan conquered much of Asia and eastern Europe in the early 13th century, and under Tamerlane (14th century) established an empire with its capital at Samarkand.See also Tatar
- ‘That computers still can't fathom some of the Tartar's famous combinations will come as a relief to many.’
- ‘In 1687 and 1698, he launched two disastrous campaigns against the Crimean Tartars.’
- ‘After the invasion of Tartars and the Fall of Baghdad, the centre of calligraphy moved over to Iran where it is still alive with all its beauty and delicacy.’
- ‘In 1346, Caffa was under siege by the Tartars who catapulted plague-ridden corpses over the city walls in an effort to flush out the inhabitants.’
- ‘The vengeful Tartars stage a surprise night raid on Temujin's camp.’
- ‘The Tartars used such a method against the Genoese in Crimea in 1346 and the fleeing Genoese tragically spread the black plague from Asia to Europe.’
- ‘Saracens themselves, and Italians, and Russians, were attentive to the multitudes of Mongols and Tartars.’
- ‘Then his army drove the Tartars beyond the Danube.’
- ‘He fought against the Poles and the Turks and the Tartars, returning to Scotland in 1666.’
- ‘He drew comparisons between democracy and the Yasig laws of the Tartars as being man-made laws that were overshadowing God's laws.’
- ‘In the 14th century during a siege of Kaffa, which is now the Ukraine, the Tartars catapulted bodies infected with the plague over the town walls.’
- ‘The Tartars catapulted bodies infected with plague into Kaffa in the Crimea in 1346 at the end of a three year siege’
- ‘The Tartars from the north built a city near this location as early as the tenth century.’
- ‘At different times Stalin conducted mass arrests of Poles, Balts, Chechens, Tartars and on the eve of his death - Jews.’
- ‘In the 14th century, Tartars hurled plague-infected bodies at their enemies.’
- ‘Romania's new minorities included substantial communities of Ukrainians, Bulgarians, gypsies, Germans, Hungarians, Tartars, Turks, and Jews.’
- ‘His dramatic vocal colorations leave no one in doubt that as Emperor of the Tartars he can command an army.’
- ‘This stratagem was employed successfully both by the Tartars against the Genoese in the Crimean War of 1346, and in the Russo-Swedish Wars of 1710.’
- ‘Also, the Tartars carried the plague closer to Europe and into other trading ports after sieges in Asia.’
- ‘It is a country ravaged by invasion from the Tartars, famine, paganism and brutal violence.’
- 1.1 A harsh, fierce, or intractable person.‘my new Company Commander is a horrible tartar’
- ‘The Dromard No.14 is indeed a fine footballer but caught a real tartar in Knockbeg full-back Paddy Kelly, whose tackling, harrying and blocking continuously frustrated the Longford ace.’
- ‘We called it right here last week when we said Sligo had drawn a real tartar in Donegal, and so it transpired at Ballybofey on Sunday.’
- ‘However he caught a tartar in the form of Sandyhill Jo 9 / 2.’
- ‘John Wiltshire really caught a tartar in King but still managed to keep him scoreless from play.’
- ‘You know I am a tartar when it comes to your lord's devotion to me.’
- ‘Sligo have drawn a bit of a tartar in Donegal for the GAA qualifiers next weekend.’
- ‘He was not such a tartar after all.’
- ‘I thought that she was a tartar at the beginning of the play.’
From Old French Tartare or medieval Latin Tartarus, alteration (influenced by Tartarus) of Tatar.
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