1. I〔木炭を漉したアルカリ液〕lye;〔野菜の〕a sharp [an acrid, a bitter] taste; an alkaline flavor;〔肉などの〕scum
    • 肉汁のあくをすくう
    • skim the broth
  1. II〔性質のしつこさ〕
    • 彼はあくが強い
    • He is too tenacious [self-assertive/《口》 pushy].(▼tenaciousは執ような,self-assertiveは自己主張が強い)/《口》 He comes on too strong.
    • 彼女の文章はあくが強い
    • Her writing is 「highly idiosyncratic [very eccentric].
    • あくが抜ける
    • become refined
    • 竹の子をゆでて灰汁抜きする
    • boil bamboo shoots to remove the bitter [harsh] taste