mead1 / mēd/ • n. chiefly hist. an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.mead2 • n. poetic/lit. a meadow.
mead1 drink made by fermenting a mixture of honey and water. OE. me(o)du = MLG. (Du.) mede, OHG. metu, mitu (G. met), ON. mjǫðr :- Gmc. *meduz :- IE. *medhu-, whence Gr. méthu wine (cf. METHYLATE). OIr. mid, W. medd, OSl. medǔ honey, wine, Lith. midùs mead, Skr. mádhu honey, sweet drink.
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