from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Obsolete forms of
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The kernel is used in seasoning, and in making the cordial known as ratifia; also in adding to tonics.
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For dinner we had the last tin of sardines, the last pot of apricot jam, and a tin of ratifia biscuits a most extraordinary mixture, I admit, but there was nothing else.
"Mercy on us! what have I said!" cried the attendant, greatly alarmed by the agitation of her mistress; "do sit down, your ladyship, while I run for the ratifia and rosa solis."
If this be your ratifia, you may - keep it all to yourfelf; the very fight of it has cur'd me.
'39; a plate of ratifia cakes, and another of plum-cake for the rector's especial delectation; and a silver wire basket full of home-made candy for Mr. Dale, who had two weaknesses, candy and novels.
He took to drinking ratifia, and thought upon Miss Bailey. "