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Bovril Line breaks: Bov¦ril
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒvrɪl/

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Definition of Bovril in English:


[mass noun] trademark
A concentrated essence of beef diluted with hot water to make a drink: [as count noun]: could she bring her Bovril up and drink it while having a chat?
More example sentences
  • A bit of Bovril - essentially reduced beef stock - would stretch vegetables into the nutritional equivalent of steak.
  • Very rarely is there any substance to these tales, more often that not they are propagated by strange old men who drink Bovril.
  • Especially notable was a picture of an ox sadly regarding a pot of Bovril, captioned ‘Alas! my poor brother’.


Late 19th century: from Latin bos, bov- 'ox', the second element perhaps from vril, an imaginary form of energy described in E. Bulwer-Lytton's novel The Coming Race (1871).

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