Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dropsy

From the recipe for Electuary of 'Ud Qimâri, from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook of the 13th Century, translated* by Charles Perry and at the URL http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Medieval/Medieval.html:

Its benefits: it strengthens the heart and lightens the spirit, digests foods, lightens the body gently, strengthens the liver, dissolves phlegm in various parts of the body, and aids in dropsy.

[* Apparently the "original project was to retranslate into English Ambrosio Huici-Miranda's Spanish translation of the Arabic original of the Manuscrito anónimo".]

In my old Winston dictionary, the next word (N+1 players would care) is droshky, a light four-wheeled carriage used in Russia. Not nearly as entertaining as dropsy.

Please note that the word of this post is not electuary.

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