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julep

[joo-lip]
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noun
  1. mint julep.
  2. a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated.

Origin of julep

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Arabic julāb < Persian gulāb, equivalent to gul rose + āb water
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julep

noun
  1. a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated
  2. mainly US short for mint julep

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Arabic julāb, from Persian gulāb rose water, from gul rose + āb water
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Word Origin and History for julep

n.

late 14c., a syrupy drink in which medicine was given, from Old French julep (14c.), from Medieval Latin julapium, from Arabic julab, from Persian gulab "rose water," from gul "rose" (related to Greek rhodon, Latin rosa) + ab "water," from PIE root *ap- (see water (n.1)). Sense of "alcoholic drink flavored with mint" is first recorded 1787, American English.

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