oil of vitriol

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Synonyms for oil of vitriol

(H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide

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After the bones have fermented, add the oil of vitriol (sulphuric acid), mixing well with a wooden spade or board; the mass effervesces or boils; stir thoroughly twice a day for two days, so as to turn the whole mass over; let it stand for two or three days to dry; add the fine bone and mix it in well.
Sweet apples, pears, or peaches yield exactly the same sort of sugar, and, more extraordinary still, grape sugar may be made artificially by boiling starch or sawdust for many hours with very weak oil of vitriol.
Sometimes called oil of vitriol and found in car batteries, what is it more commonly known as?