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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tartar \Tar"tar\, n. 1. [Per. T[=a]t[=a]r, of Tartar origin.] A native or inhabitant of Tartary in Asia; a member of any one of numerous tribes, chiefly Moslem, of Turkish origin, inhabiting the Russian Europe; -- written also, more correctly but less usually, Tatar. [1913 Webster] 2. A person of a keen, irritable temper. [1913 Webster] To catch a tartar, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]