One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A preparation made from the urine or dung of cows (especially when they were put out to grass in spring), used as a remedy for various medical complaints.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas D'Urfey (?1653–1723), playwright and writer. From all + flower + water, after post-classical Latin aqua omnium florum.
all-flower water/ˌɔːlˌflaʊə ˈwɔːtə/
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