aqua fortis

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Related to aqua fortis: terra alba, aqua regia, aqua vitae, Aqua vitæ
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acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels


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that is not unworthy of the curious reader, the vitriol of the sun of the ruby variety, which is confected from the phlegm of aqua fortis and sea salt in a sequential matter.
Her pedigree was pure Australian for the first three generations, her male line great-grandsire Aqua Fortis having won the Victorian Waterloo Cup in 1899.
That's the stuff, boys, Aqua fortis,' while Uncle Tom's laugh came piercing its way up from the living room.
The manuscript is full of references to the aquila or eagle (the volatile principle or sal ammoniac), aqua fortis or "strong water" (mainly nitric acid), aqua vitae (concentrated alcohol, often distilled wine), "dragons," (symbolizing "the volatile and fixed principles [mercury and sulphur]," 253), sophic mercury (describing the universal agent of transmutation) and the urine of Saturn (an ammonium salt), just to name a few.
After the cleansing dip it was necessary to scrape or wash the dirt off before a quick plunge in aqua fortis, then buffed with an agate or bloodstone.