Origin of posset

1400–50; late Middle English poshote, possot < ?
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  1. a drink of hot milk curdled with ale, beer, etc, flavoured with spices, formerly used as a remedy for colds

Word Origin for posset

C15 poshoote, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for posset

spiced drink of hot milk and liquor, mid-15c., of unknown origin.

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