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From ale + Latin costus (an aromatic plant). Compare costmary.


alecost (usually uncountable, plural alecosts)

  1. The plant costmary, which was formerly much used for flavouring ale.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for alecost in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)