(3 syl.). A confection said to be invented by Mithridates, King
of Pontus and Bithynia, as an antidote to poison. It contains
“What brave spirit could be content to sit in his shop ... selling
Mithridatum and dragon's water to infected houses?” —Knight of the
Burning Pestle. (1635.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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