One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A concentrated liquor resulting from heating or infusing a substance, used for medicinal purposes.
distillation, essence, extractView synonyms
- ‘The patient must drink a draught of the apozem as well after the electuary as after the pill.’
- ‘The root of parsley is sometimes made an ingredient in apozems and diet-drinks.’
- ‘The quinoa is eaten boiled like rice, and has a very pleasant taste; and the water in which it has been boiled, is often used as an apozem.’
- ‘If a drowsiness comes on, another apozem must be made without that ingredient, to be given till the effects of the former are over.’
- ‘His rapaciousness included charging £6 for one pill, or £6 for a pint of an Apozem.’
Late Middle English: via Old French or late Latin from Greek apozema, from apozein ‘to boil off’, from apo ‘completely’ + zein ‘to boil’.
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