Middle English Dictionary Entry

drench(e n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. drinch(e, drink(e.
(a) Beverage, drink; (b) a cup of drink; (c) a poisoned drink; (d) fig. dethes ~, death, dying.
A medicinal potion; ?specif., an emetic [last quot.].
In cpds.: ~ hous, a shelter for watering animals; ~ kive, a tanner's vat for soaking hides.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Trin-C O.9.39 Recipes (Trin-C O.9.39) 42/15 : Take þe a schepis skyn þat be lymed..and leye hit in a drenche ymade of whete mele, and a lytul porcioun of salt þerwith, and with clene watre.
  • Note: Clarke's gloss = 'liquid preparation'.
    Note: ?New sense = 'a liquid prepartion used in tanning skins'. Cf. OED drench, n., sense 5. 'Tanning. A preparation in which skins are steeped.' First recorded in 1853.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. drench.