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Love-powders

or Potions were drugs to excite lust. Once these love-charms were generally believed in; thus, Brabantio accuses Othello of having bewitched Desdemona with “drugs to waken motion;” and Lady Grey was accused of having bewitched Edward IV. “by strange potions and amorous charms.” (Fabian, p. 495.)

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