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NEGUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 349 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NEGUS. (1) The title of a king or ruler (Amharic negus or n'gus), in Abyssinia (q.v.); the full title of the emperor is negus nagasti, " king of kings." (2) The name of a drink made of wine, most commonly port, mixed with hot water, spiced and sugared. According to Malone (Life of Dryden, Prose Works, i. 484) this drink was invented by a Colonel Francis Negus (d. 1732), who was commissioner for executing the office of master of the horse from 1717 to 1727, when he became master of the buckhounds.
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