1988: But Gwen behind the bar said: "Try this, mead it is called." Reg admired the pure long high front vowel. Sack mead and sack . A scholarly man, tall and in leggings, his face a map of purple rivery veins, said: "Well, it"s the Welsh national drink, or was. Should properly be meddyglyn, liquor being llyn and
meddyg from medicus, the healer." " Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron
Etymology: Welsh meddyglyn, from meddyg "medicinal" (from Latin medicus) + llyn "liquor" (cognate with Irish lionn and Gaelic leann).
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