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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]


(ˈhɪp əˌkræs)

(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]
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"That," replied Oudarde dryly, "does not prevent the Flemings having very fine horses, and having had a superb supper yesterday with monsieur, the provost of the merchants, at the Hôtel-de-Ville, where they were served with comfits and hippocras, and spices, and other singularities."
"It was at the Petit Bourbon," replied Gervaise, with no less spirit, "and this is what monsieur the cardinal's procurator presented to them: twelve double quarts of hippocras, white, claret, and red; twenty-four boxes of double Lyons marchpane, gilded; as many torches, worth two livres a piece; and six demi-queues* of Beaune wine, white and claret, the best that could be found.
"Well," resumed Oudarde, presenting her with a flagon; "here is some hippocras which will warm you; drink it."
You must drink a little hippocras and eat this leavened cake of maize, which we have baked for you."
These include Hippocras - named after the Greek physician Hippocrates - and Metheglin, another spiced mead that is said to have medicinal traits.
Item, La cause morale du Ris de Democrite, expliquee & temognee par Hippocras. Plus, Un Dialogue sur la Cacographie Fransaise, avec des Annotacions sur l'orthographie de M.