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[hip-uh-kras] /ˈhɪp əˌkræs/
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) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hippocras
Historical Examples
  • 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 Benjamin Disraeli
  • He raised his first glass of hippocras and gave thanks to his hostess.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • 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.

  • Neither wine nor hippocras had befogged the stout heads of the Assyrians, nor loosened their canny tongues.

  • "Was-hael," answered Godrith, draining his hippocras to Vebba's more potent ale.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Master Heyford, tell thy comely wife that I and Hastings will sup with her to-morrow, for her hippocras is a rare dainty.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To these their Norman successors added clarr, garhiofilac, and hippocras.

  • The constant mention about this time of hippocras (Ipocras, Ypocrasse) demands some notice.

British Dictionary definitions for hippocras


an old English drink of wine flavoured with spices
Word Origin
C14 ypocras, from Old French: Hippocrates, probably referring to a filter called Hippocrates' sleeve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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