One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of wine flavoured with honey and spices, taken for refreshment or used as an ingredient in medicinal recipes. Now archaic and historical.
Middle English; earliest use found in Ancrene Riwle. From Anglo-Norman and Old French piment, piement (Middle French piment, piement) spice, spiced wine, sweet pepper from classical Latin pigmentum. Compare Old Occitan piment, Catalan piment, Spanish vino piment.
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