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Posset (noun)

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Pósset. n.s. [posca, Lat.] Milk curdled with wine or any acid.

We'll have a posset at the latter end of a seacoal fire. Shak.

In came the bridemaids with the posset,
The bridegroom eat in spight.
Suckling.

I allowed him medicated broths, posset ale and pearl julep. Wiseman's Surgery.

A sparing diet did her health assure;
Or sick, a pepper posset was her cure.
Dryden.

The cure of the stone consists in vomiting with posset drink, in which althea roots are boiled. Floyer on the Humours.

Increase the milk when it is diminished by the too great use of flesh meats, by gruels and posset drink. Arbuthnot.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dryden, John (788) · Floyer, John (18) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Suckling, John (16) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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