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1. A thick and viscid liquid made from the juice of fruits, herbs, etc, boiled with sugar.

2. A thick and viscid saccharine solution of superior quality (as sugarhouse sirup or molasses, maple sirup); specifically, in pharmacy and often in cookery, a saturated solution of sugar and water (simple sirup), or such a solution flavoured or medicated. "Lucent sirups tinct with cinnamon." (Keats) Mixing sirup. See the Note under Dextrose.

Origin: F. Sirop (cf. It. Siroppo, Sp. Jarabe, jarope, LL. Siruppus, syrupus), fr. Ar. Sharab a drink, wine, coffee, sirup. Cf. Sherbet.

(01 Mar 1998)

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