- an old medicinal cordial made of wine mixed with spices.
Origin of hippocras
1325–75; Middle English ypocras, apparently short for ypocras wyn (translation of Medieval Latin vīnum hippocraticum; so called because clarified by filtering through a strainer named after Hippocrates); Middle English ypocras < Old French: Hippocrates < Medieval Latin Hippocrās, alteration of Latin Hippocratēs, on model of words like cīvitās (nominative), cīvitātis (genitive)
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Examples from the Web for hippocras
The night is still young and the spices and hippocras will soon be served.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Some must carry cups of Hippocras, some lighted tapers; all must join in chorus.'Coningsby
He raised his first glass of hippocras and gave thanks to his hostess.The Path of the King
Finally might come stewed or ripe fruits—figs, dates, grapes, and filberts; the whole washed down with spiced wine (hippocras).Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Hippocras, hip′o-kras, n. an aromatic medicated wine, formerly much used as a cordial.
- an old English drink of wine flavoured with spices
C14 ypocras, from Old French: Hippocrates, probably referring to a filter called Hippocrates' sleeve
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