One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Anglo-Saxons swore by watercress potage to purify their blood every spring, and there are 17 th-century recipes for watercress ‘sallets’, which mix the leaves with oranges, lemons, raisins and pears.’
- ‘Our meals started with a choice of potage or salad, which the menu claimed was ‘famous.’’
- ‘Another plus here is that meals include potage or salad, so you don't feel cheap if you can't spring for an appetizer.’
- ‘In Genesis, Jacob gave Esau, in exchange for his birthright, a meal of red potage, probably a red lentil stew.’
- ‘It was a tasty vegetable potage accompanied by satisfyingly fresh rolls.’
Mid 16th century: from French. Compare with pottage.
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