ACERB, Acerbus, a compound taste consisting of sour, with the addition of a degree of roughness. See TASTE.

Such is the taste of all fruits before they are ripe. See FRUIT, MATURITY, etc.

The physicians usually make Acerb an intermediate savour between acid, austere, and bitter. See ACID, etc.

All matters which come under this denomination are astringent. See ASTRINGENT.