1. To render sweet; to sweeten; to free from acidity. "Succory . . . Edulcorated with sugar and vinegar." (Evelyn)

2. <chemistry> To free from acids, salts, or other soluble substances, by washing; to purify.

Origin: L. E ou + dulcoratus, p. P. Of dulcorare to sweeten, fr. Dulcor sweetness, fr. Dulcis sweet: cf. F. Edulcorer.

(01 Mar 1998)