verjuice

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English verjous, vergeous, from Old French vertjus, verjus (French verjus), from vert +‎ jus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɝdʒuːs/, /ˈvɝdʒəs/

Noun[edit]

verjuice (usually uncountable, plural verjuices)

  1. A very acidic juice made by pressing unripe grapes.
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      In this instance, there is, upon the by, to be noted, the percolation or suing of the verjuice through the wood; for verjuice of itself would never have passed through the wood: so as, it seemeth, it must be first in a kind of vapour, before it pass.}}

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