oxymel

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From Late Latin oxymel, from Latin oxymeli (acid and honey), from Ancient Greek ὀξύμελι (oxúmeli).

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oxymel (plural oxymels)

  1. (historical, medicine) A mixture of honey, water, and vinegar, boiled to a syrup, sometimes mixed with herbs or spices.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.5.3.i:
      If it long continue, vomits may be taken after meat, or otherwise gently procured with warm water, oxymel, etc., now and then.

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