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hippocras Line breaks: hippo|cras
Pronunciation: /ˈhɪpəkras/

Definition of hippocras in English:


[mass noun] historical
Wine flavoured with spices.
Example sentences
  • By Chaucer's time, probably the best known of these spicy wines were hippocras and clary.
  • This was often done at home and the most popular recipe was for ‘hippocras’, made with red or white wine.
  • All of the spice bits were caught in the cloth, and the hippocras was poured into several glass jars.


Late Middle English: from Old French ipocras 'Hippocrates' (see Hippocrates), translating medieval Latin vinum Hippocraticum 'Hippocratic wine' (because it was strained through a filter called a Hippocrates' sleeve).

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