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    draught of the reaper

    She bade Demeter be seated and herself offered her honey-sweet wine, but the goddess would not taste it. She asked instead for barley-water flavored with mint, the cooling draught of the reaper at harvest time and also the sacred cup given the worshipers at Eleusis. Thus refreshed she took the child and held him to her fragrant bosom and his mother's heart was glad. So Demeter nursed Demophoön, the son that Metaneira had borne to wise Celeus.
    Source: Mythology The Two Great Gods of Earth Last paragraph

    Hello,
    I have checked the meaning of "draught" in the dictionaries. But I don't know it refers to "beer" or "air".
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?

    Thank you so much

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Source: Mythology The Two Great Gods of Earth Last paragraph

    Hello,
    I have checked the meaning of "draught" in the dictionaries. But I don't know it refers to "beer" or "air".
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?

    Thank you so much
    It appears that water flavored with mint was her preferred beverage.

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It appears that water flavored with mint was her preferred beverage.
    Barley water flavoured with mint, not plain water.

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Barley water flavoured with mint, not plain water.
    Absolutely! What would Wimbledon be without proper Barley Water?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Absolutely! What would Wimbledon be without proper Barley Water?
    The Ancient Greek reference in this is interesting in view of the OP's context material. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barley_water
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 11-Nov-2013 at 21:26. Reason: Add missing link.

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    "The Draught of the Reaper" would be a good name for a microbrew. Or a rock band.

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    Re: draught of the reaper

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Barley water flavoured with mint, not plain water.
    That doesn't sound much better to me!

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