AskDefine | Define oenomel

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Noun

  1. A beverage made of wine and honey; something that blends strength with sweetness.

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From the Superior Person's Book of Words, by Peter Bowler

Extensive Definition

Oenomel, derived from the Greek words oinos (wine) and meli (honey), is an ancient Greek beverage consisting of honey and unfermented grape juice. It is sometimes used as a folk remedy for gout and certain nervous disorders.
Many drinks are prepared using honey. Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast. Oxymel is made of honey, vinegar, sea salt, and rain-water. Hydromel consists of simply honey and water. Rhodomel is a mixture of roses and honey. Omphacomel is made from fermented grape juice and honey. Oenomel comes from unfermented grape juice and honey.
Oenomel has the connotation of being a blend of strength and sweetness, which can mean something positive (as in a personality trait) or negative (as in a carrot-and-stick approach).

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