One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wine flavoured with spices.
- ‘This was often done at home and the most popular recipe was for ‘hippocras’, made with red or white wine.’
- ‘By Chaucer's time, probably the best known of these spicy wines were hippocras and clary.’
- ‘If you just want to make hippocras, you can also mix the spices directly in the wine.’
- ‘This hippocras, a thick, smoky concoction, was strong enough to make the face peel.’
- ‘All of the spice bits were caught in the cloth, and the hippocras was poured into several glass jars.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ipocras ‘Hippocrates’ (see Hippocrates), translating medieval Latin vinum Hippocraticum ‘Hippocratic wine’ (because it was strained through a filter called a Hippocrates' sleeve).
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