One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A concentrated essence of beef diluted with hot water to make a drink.‘could she bring her Bovril up and drink it while having a chat?’
- ‘Especially notable was a picture of an ox sadly regarding a pot of Bovril, captioned ‘Alas! my poor brother’.’
- ‘That's okay, because everybody needs to make a living, though there has always been something a little sad about the spectacle of a once noble thespian or formerly fab supermodel reduced to being the frontperson for teabags or Bovril.’
- ‘I found him in my back garden and nurtured him to this size. It only took a few buckets of cow's livers and Bovril.’
- ‘Very rarely is there any substance to these tales, more often that not they are propagated by strange old men who drink Bovril.’
- ‘A bit of Bovril - essentially reduced beef stock - would stretch vegetables into the nutritional equivalent of steak.’
Late 19th century: from Latin bos, bov- ‘ox’, the second element perhaps from vril, an imaginary form of energy described in E. Bulwer-Lytton's novel The Coming Race (1871).
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