Word of the DayTuesday, December 28, 2010
\gam-BRAHY-nuhs\ , noun;
A mythical Flemish king, the reputed inventor of beer.
As a bit of amusing anachronism it may be mentioned that there is a poetical apotheosis of Gambrinus, which elevates that personage to the dignity of a heathen god, alongside of Bacchus.
-- George Ehret, Twenty-five years of brewing: with an illustrated history of American beer
Gambrinus, the mightiest of Germans, not only did nothing else - he owes his greatness to that fact.
-- Julian Hawthorne, "Saxon Studies - of Gambrinus," The Living Age, 1896
Gambrinus is a folkoric name that has uncertain grounding in history.
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