Definitions

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  • n. a drinking-cup used in ancient Rome

Etymologies

Latin poculum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Among the oldest Latin inscriptions are some found on objects such as cups or vases, showing that the latter were votive offerings to a deity: thus we have _Saeturni poculum, Kerri poculum_, and other similar ones which will be found at the beginning of the first volume of the _Corpus_. [

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • Cereris munus et aquae poculum mortales quaerunt habere, et quorum saties nunquam est, luxus autem, sunt caetera, non epulae.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Or if they be docile, yet all men's wills are not answerable to their wits, they can apprehend, but will not take pains; they are either seduced by bad companions, vel in puellam impingunt, vel in poculum (they fall in with women or wine) and so spend their time to their friends 'grief and their own undoings.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The poculum potatorium of the valiant Baron, his blessed Bear, has a prototype at the fine old Castle of Glamis, so rich in memorials of ancient times; it is a massive beaker of silver, double gilt, moulded into the shape of a lion, and holding about an English pint of wine.

    Waverley

  • Hinc pari ludo comparent speciosæ puellæ ducere semitas et choreas, nobili gestu nobilissimum ferre poculum lactis equarum in aureis vasis, de quo, ponentes se in genibus, tradunt potum dominis et dominabus.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Hinc pari ludo comparent specios� puell� ducere semitas et choreas, nobili gestu nobilissimum ferre poculum lactis equarum in aureis vasis, de quo, ponentes se in genibus, tradunt potum dominis et dominabus.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • MICHAEL MAIER (1568-1622) also says: "conjunge fratrem cum sorore et propina illis poculum amoris," the words forming a motto to a picture of a man and woman clasped in each other's arms, to whom an older man offers a

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Africans never drink till they have done eating; when dinner is over, a large goblet, or _poculum amicitiæ_, of pure water is passed round, and each person drinks copiously; the washing is then repeated, and the repast is terminated.

    An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa

  • Dioscorides declared it a preventive of intoxication, and a remedy for the ill-effects of any such excess; for which reason the _poculum absinthiacum_ was a favourite beverage.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Tully-Veolan, "the _poculum potatorium_ of the valiant baron."

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

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