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"Semantically the deriv. fr. 'draw' (cf. N.E. take a draught, Lat. ducere pocula, sucos, etc.) is the most attractive, and so ultimate connection with O.E. dragan 'draw,' etc., through a nasalized form of a parallel root ...."Not found outside Gmc. Most I.E. words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Gk. pino, L. biber, Ir. ibim, O.C.S. piti, Rus. pit'; see imbibe). The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was also in O.E. To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.
The drinks of the Hebrews were water, wine, "strong drink," and vinegar. Their drinking vessels were the cup, goblet or "basin," the "cruse" or pitcher, and the saucer. To drink water by measure (Ezek. 4:11), and to buy water to drink (Lam. 5:4), denote great scarcity. To drink blood means to be satiated with slaughter. The Jews carefully strained their drinks through a sieve, through fear of violating the law of Lev. 11:20, 23, 41, 42. (See Matt. 23:24. "Strain at" should be "strain out.")