Part of speech: noun

One element of a mixture.

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Usage examples "ingredient":

  1. Although quartz is not a necessary ingredient in the composition of this rock, it is very frequently present, and the quartz trachytes are very largely developed in many volcanic districts. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. Tea is the national drink of Russia, and as indispensable an ingredient of the table there as bread or meat. - "The Little Tea Book", Arthur Gray.
  3. A prevailing ingredient of Newport society in the olden days was, doubtless, the Quaker element. - "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.