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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