supernaculum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sham Latin, intended to mean upon the nail.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌs(j)uː.pəˈnæ.kjə.ləm/

Adverb[edit]

supernaculum (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) According to the rules of an old drinking game in which the drinker upturned the empty cup and had to drink more if the remaining droplets spilled beyond the edge of his fingernail.
  2. To the last drop, to the bottom.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Nay, it shall be an overflowing bumper, an you will; and I will drink it super naculum.

Noun[edit]

supernaculum (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Excellent wine that one would wish to drink to the last drop.
    • 1836, Madrid in 1835: Sketches of the Metropolis of Spain and its Inhabitants, and of Society and Manners in the Peninsula
      Between the mattings, or dangling from the arched awning, an experienced eye may detect little pet barrels of supernaculum; some racy wine sent as a present from the correrero of Malaga, to some old friend or patron in the metropolis.