Hippocras

A cordial made of Lisbon and Canary wines, bruised spices, and sugar; so called from the strainer through which it is passed, called by apothecaries Hippocrates' sleeve. Hippocrates in the Middle Ages was called “Yypocras” or “Hippocras.” Thus:

Well knew he the old Esculapius,
And Deiscorides, and cek Rufus,
Old Yypocras, Haly, and Galien.

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales Prologue, 431).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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