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A cordial made from wine and flavored with spices, formerly used as a medicine.
[Middle English ipocras, from Old French ypocras, hypocras, from alteration of Hippocras, Hippocrates.]
(Cookery) an old English drink of wine flavoured with spices
[C14 ypocras, from Old French: Hippocrates, probably referring to a filter called Hippocrates' sleeve]
(in the Middle Ages) a medicinal cordial of spiced wine.
[1325–75; Middle English ypocras, appar. short for ypocras wyn, translation of Medieval Latin vīnum hippocraticum; so called because filtered through a strainer named after Hippocrates]