American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A drink made of sweetened milk or cream curdled with wine or spirits.
- n. A cold dessert made with sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and beaten with wine, spirits, or fruit juice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sillibub.
- n. A drink dating back to the 16th century in various forms, comprising 1 part sherry to 3 parts milk, with nutmeg and optionally brandy. Served topped with clotted cream and sugar, and sprinkled with cinnamon or more nutmeg. (Reference: Australian Colonial Cookery, Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0189-6, page 59.)
- n. A 19th century dessert derived from the drink, comprising a wineglass of sherry, 1/2 pint of cream, 4 ounces of sugar, grated lemon rind, and sometimes gelatine to set firm. (Reference: ditto Australian Colonial Cookery.)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as syllabub.
- n. spiced hot milk with rum or wine
- n. sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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