n.1.A pain about the heart.
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(30) Similarly, a Middle English recipe for a basic "cardiacle," or cordial, calls for, among other things, "gyngeuer and licoris" mixed to "drynke with stale ale." (31) So although the cousins break into the closet on the pretense that their melancholy puts them in "need of cordials," their initial declaration, "let's recreate ourselves," reveals more about the purpose of their adventure than their other stated interest in what drink "mak[es] ...