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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Definitions for oenomel

  1. something combining strength with sweetness.
  2. a drink made of wine mixed with honey.

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Citations for oenomel
Alas, that now no more/ The arm-chair or the pulpit will be filled / With that kind presence--keen attention thrilled / By tales of "men and cities," or the lore / Of those book-depths from which thou knew'st so well / To mix for mind and heart an oenomel. Samuel John Stone, "Frederick Arnold," The Guardian, October 28, 1891
So, to come back to the drinking / Of this Cyprus, -- it is well, / But those memories, to my thinking, / Make a better oenomel ... Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Wine of Cyprus," Poems, 1844
Origin of oenomel
Oenomel can be traced to the Greek terms oînos meaning "wine" and méli meaning "honey." The potent, sweet drink dates back to Ancient Greece. The term entered English in the mid-1500s.