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hippocras

[hip-uh-kras] /ˈhɪp əˌkræs/
noun
1.
an old medicinal cordial made of wine mixed with spices.
Origin of hippocras
1325-1375
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
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  • 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

hippocras

/ˈhɪpəʊˌkræs/
noun
1.
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
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