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Thursday, February 14, 2002

philter

\FIL-ter\ , noun;
1.
A magic potion for any purpose.
2.
A potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
Quotes:
Tell me now, fairy as you are - can't you give me a charm, or a philter, or something of that sort, to make me a handsome man ? "
-- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Mariamne had told him it was a love philter and promised a large reward if he would get me to drink it without my knowledge.
-- Michel Tournier, Ralph Manheim, The Four Wise Men
Origin:
Philter originates from the Greek philtron, "love potion," which itself derives from the Greek philos "love of."
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