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Jun. 26th, 2017 | 08:04 am

alegar (AL-uh-ger, AY-luh-ger) - n., vinegar made from ale.


As opposed to vinegar made from vino, or wine. This was much more common in medieval England than it is now. It has a much stronger taste than wine vinegar, or even cider vinegar (which would be cidegar? cidagar?). And yes, there was also beeregar (fortunately much rarer). The stem at the end of all these is French aigre, sour.

---L.

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