|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|1.||warm and friendly: a cordial greeting|
|2.||giving heart; stimulating|
|3.||a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunk: lime cordial|
|4.||another word for liqueur|
|[C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart]|
a liqueur (q.v.); though the term cordial was formerly used for only those liqueurs that were thought to have a tonic or stimulating quality due to the medicinal components of their flavourings, the terms cordial and liqueur are now used interchangeably.
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