Middle English Dictionary Entry

dǒuce adj. & n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Dear, beloved; ~ amour, sweetheart; (b) ~ Fraunce, beloved France; (c) ~ vie, luxurious life; (d) as noun: paramour; foul ~, filthy harlot; (e) in surnames.
Cook. (a) Sweet to the taste; poudre ~; (b) ~ egre, [see egre-douce]; (c) ~ ame, a dish; (d) crevise ~ [see crevise].
Physiol. douce fleume [see fleume 1].

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  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.70va (2.10) : Vryn ruf or subruf, menely þik & inequal, & cloudisshe abouen..seith a febre cotidien causede of a fleume þat is callede 'fleuma dulce,' a douce fleume (anglice: a freish fleume).
Note: Additional quot., sense 3. Editor's gloss: ~ fleume 'sweet phlegm, phlegm mixed with blood'.

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Note: Med., etc. (sense 3.), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. douce fleume.