julep

[joo-lip]
noun
2.
a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Arabic julāb < Persian gulāb, equivalent to gul rose + āb water

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julep (ˈdʒuːlɪp)
 
n
1.  a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated
2.  chiefly (US) short for mint julep
 
[C14: from Old French, from Arabic julāb, from Persian gulāb rose water, from gul rose + āb water]

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julep
c.1400, a syrupy drink in which medicine was given, from O.Fr. julep, from M.L. julapium, from Ar. julab, from Pers. gulab "rose water," from gul "rose" + ab "water." Sense of "alcoholic drink flavored with mint" is first recorded 1787.
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