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BITTERN (from " bitter ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 14 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BITTERN (from " bitter "), the mother liquor obtained from sea-water or brines after the separation of the, sodium chloride (common salt) by crystallization. It 'contains various magnesium salts (sulphate, chloride, bromide and iodide) and, is employed, commercially for the manufacture of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) and bromine. The same term is applied to a mixture of quassia, iron" sulphate, coccutus indices, liquorice &c., used in adulterating beer.
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