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HIPPOCRAS

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 517 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HIPPOCRAS, an old medicinal drink or cordial, made of wine mixed with spices—such as cinnamon, ginger and sugar—and strained through woollen cloths. The early spelling usual in English was ipocras, or ypocras. The word is an adaptation of the Med. Lat. Vinum Hip pocraticum, or wine of Hippocrates, so called, not because it was supposed to be a receipt of the physician, but from an apothecary's name for a strainer or sieve, "Hippocrates' sleeve " (see W. W. Skeat, Chaucer, note to the Merchant's Tale).
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