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a general term for a spirit flavoured with bark, herbs or roots which give a bitterness, and sometimes also claim medicinal powers. Most are used in small or minute quantities as flavourings. Here are a few examples:
Amer Pican (France); Angostura (Trinadad); Boonekamp"s (Holland); Campari (Italy); Abbot"s Aged Bitters (U.S.A); Fernet Branca (Italy); Law"s Peach Bitters (Britain); Orange Bitters (Britain); Pommeranzen (Holland & Germany); Secrestat (France); Toni Kola (France); Unicum (Hungary); Welling"s (Holland).