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à la mode

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

Bœuf à la mode is beef braised in the classic way; also (in USA) fruit or other sweet pie served with ice cream.

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absinthe

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

A green aniseed-flavoured liqueur, originally flavoured with wormwood, although this is now banned owing to its toxicity; in the 19th and early 20th centuries drinking absinthe was regarded...

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Addenbrooke, John

John Woodward.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Social and Cultural History; Society and Culture. 809 words.

Addenbrooke, John (bap. 1681, d. 1719), physician and benefactor, was born at Kingswinford in Staffordshire, and baptized on 13 June 1681 at the parish church in West Bromwich, the only son...

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adulteration

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

The addition of substances to foods etc. in order to increase the bulk and reduce the cost, with intent to defraud the purchaser. Common adulterants are starch in spices, water in milk and...

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advocaat

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

Advocaat, a thick, sweet, creamy, yellow, alcoholic drink of Dutch origin, is made from egg yolks and brandy. It does not seem to have become well known in Britain until the 1930s. Its name...

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aiguillette

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

A thin strip or slice of cooked poultry, meat, or fish.

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Alcindor, John

Jeffrey Green.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates; Social Justice and Human Rights; Medicine and Health. 813 words.

Alcindor, John (1873–1924), general practitioner and leader of the African Progress Union, was born on 8 or 9 July 1873 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the son of Francis Alcindor, cocoa...

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alexander

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

A cocktail; usually gin, crème de cacao, and cream, although other spirits may be used.

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Alexander, Frederick Matthias

Malcolm Williamson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Education; Sports and Outdoor Recreation. 1160 words.

Alexander, Frederick Matthias (1869–1955), originator of the Alexander technique and teacher, was born on 20 January 1869 at Wynyard, north-west Tasmania, the eldest of seven children of...

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aligoté

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

A grape variety widely used for wine making, not one of the classic varieties. Burgundy's second-ranking white grape.

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