from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A hot drink, sometimes used medicinally, made from salep, sassafras, or similar aromatic herbs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aromatic drink prepared from sassafras bark and other ingredients, once popular in London, England.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aromatic drink prepared from sassafras bark and other ingredients, at one time much used in London.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drink prepared from sassafras-bark; sassafras-tea.
In 1719, when coffee was 7s. a pound, came bocket, later known as saloop, a decoction of sassafras and sugar, that became such a favorite among those who could not afford tea or coffee, that there were many saloop stalls in the streets of London.
Carters and waggoners were thirsty and hungry souls and the eating houses and saloop stalls were thronged.
When boiled, it is somewhat like saloop; the taste is not disagreeable, and we found means to make some good dishes with it.
Turning from the group which they had been paying attention to, they were suddenly attracted by a female purveyor for the stomach, who was serving out her tea, coffee, and saloop, from a boiling cauldron, and handing with due complaisance to her customers bread and butter, which was as eagerly swallowed and devoured by two dustmen, who appeared to relish their delicate meal with as much of appetite and gout, as the pampered palate of a City alderman would a plate of turtle.
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