American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hot toddy.
- n. The sweet sap of several tropical Asian palm trees, especially palmyra and Caryota urens, used as a beverage.
- n. A liquor fermented from this sap.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The drawn sap of several species of palm, especially when fermented. In India this is obtained chiefly from the jaggery, the wild date, the palmyra, and the cocoanut (see
toddy-palm); in Borneo, from the areng; in West Africa, from Raphia vinifera; in Brazil, from the buriti. It is secured by cutting off the spadix at the time of efflorescence, by wounding the spathe, and by tapping the pith. It is a pleasant laxative drink when fresh, but soon ferments, and becomes intoxicating. Arrack is obtained from it by distillation. Vinegar is also made from the sap, and jaggery-sugar is obtained by boiling it.
- n. A drink made of spirits and hot water sweetened, and properly having no other ingredients: this use is originally Scotch. Also colloquially tod.
- n. Hot toddy.
- n. dated The sweet sap from any of several tropical trees fermented to make an alcoholic drink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A juice drawn from various kinds of palms in the East Indies; or, a spirituous liquor procured from it by fermentation.
- n. A mixture of spirit and hot water sweetened.
- n. a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
- Hindi tāṛī, sap of palm, from tāṛ, palm, from Sanskrit tālaḥ, perhaps of Dravidian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The toddy is the following in a mug: two inches of good brandy, two tablespoons of honey, juice of one whole lemon, fill to top with hot water.”
“The embryo bud from which the blossoms and nuts would spring is tied up to prevent its expansion; a small incision then being made at the end, there oozes in gentle drops a pleasant liquor called toddy, which is the palm wine of the poet.”
“The principal production of this palm is the toddy, which is procured in the same manner as from other palms, or in the following mode: one of the spatae or shoot of fructification is, on the first appearance of fruit, beaten for three successive days with a small stick, with a view of determining the sap to the wounded part.”
“M. O'BRIEN: Yes, all right, then the hot toddy, which is 130 calories, as opposed to the egg nog.”
“A small china punch-bowl was then produced by the host, and was twice replenished with the very popular beverage called toddy, of which the”
“The beach was lined with the areca, or fan-palm tree, from which the well-known liquor called toddy is procured.”
“They began to gather about seven o'clock, when it was expected that boiling water would be in readiness for the compound generally called toddy, sometimes punch.”
“The date palm yields a wine called toddy, or palm wine, and from the”
“A most important product called toddy or palm wine is obtained from the flower spikes, which yield a great quantity of juice for four or five months.”
“In Penang a certain number of these trees are not permitted to bear fruit; the embryo bud, from which the blossoms and nuts would spring, is tied up to prevent its expansion, and a small incision then being made at the end, there oozes in gentle drops a cool, pleasant liquor called sarce or toddy, which is the palm-wine of the poet.”
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