a.‘Drops’: liquid medicines, especially patent household remedies, taken in small quantities.See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutchadjective sense 2).
1902Report upon Concentration Camps inW.H.S. BellBygone Days (1933) 364Some of what are known generally as ‘Dutch medicines’ or ‘droppels’ contain laudanum...Besides the pernicious ‘droppels’, the Boer women resort to other and even more dangerous methods of treatment.
1906Rand Daily Mail 1 Mar. 6The large supply of medicines — mysterious things called ‘droppels’ that invariably occupy so much shelf-room in the country store. At some time or other a necessity for each particular droppel has arisen and a box of the little bottles has been purchased.
1949C. BullockRina 33The main items were two bucksails for shelter and waterproof packing...and lastly the druppels in a little medicine chest with a few other simple remedies and disinfectants.
b. With distinguishing epithet, designating a particular type of druppels according to:
i. The application of the remedy:
benoudhijds druppels/bəˈnəʊtheɪts -/ [South African Dutch, combining form of benoudhijd tightness of the chest (Afrikaans benoudheid)], drops for the relief of breathing complaints, croup, or asthma; see also benauwdheid;
bloedstillende druppels/ˈblʊtˈstələndə -/, /ˈblut -/ [Afrikaans, bloedstillend, bloedstillende having styptic properties], a styptic, tincture of ferric perchloride;
borsdruppels, see as a main entry;
entrance druppels, or entress druppels, see quotation 1959;
hoes druppels/ˈhʊs -/, /ˈhus -/ [Afrikaans, hoes cough], drops for the relief of coughs;
hoofdpijn druppels/ˈhʊəftpeɪn-/ [South African Dutch, hoofdpijn headache (Afrikaans hoofpyn)], drops for the treatment of headaches;
koors druppels/kʊə(r)s-/, also koortsdruppels [Afrikaans, koors fever], drops for the relief of fever;
krampdruppels/kramp-/ [Afrikaans, kramp cramp], drops for the relief of convulsions and stomach cramps;
pynstillende druppels/ˈpeɪnˌstələndə -/ [Afrikaans, pynstillend, pynstillende soothing, pain-killing], drops for the relief of pain;
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 30Remedies of every description formed no small proportion of a country store’s goods, especially the old ‘Dutch’ medicines...To mention just a few of the favourites: Versterkende Druppels, Roode Lavendel, Peppermint Druppels, Harlemensis, Witte Dulcis, Benoudhijds Druppels, Paragoric, Hoofdpijn Druppels, Arnica, Anijs Druppels.
1989D. SmutsFolk Remedies 84Stomach ache, 2 drops rooilaventel, 3 drops krampdruppels..in a little luke-warm water with a little sugar.
1991Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 112Among a bewildering variety of druppels or drops were kramp (cramp) druppels and versterk (strengthening) druppels as well as Hoffmansdruppels and Haarlemmerdruppels.
1884B.G. Lennon & Co.’s Catal. 1884 65Pynstillende Droppels, doz. 5s.0d.
1937C.R. PranceTante Rebella’s Saga 182Three times already she had got out of bed to take sleep-droppels from her Home-Medicine chest, and now the bottle was empty she felt more wakeful than before, though she said all her prayers again each time to help the sleep-drops.
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