Also versterkende druppels, versterkende droppels.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, literally ‘strengthening drops’, versterk to strengthen, fortify + druppels drops.
a.noncount.A liquid patent medicine used for the treatment of a range of ailments including heart-complaints and nervous tension, and taken in the form of drops mixed with another liquid.b.plural.Drops of this medicine.See also druppels.
[1937C.R. PranceTante Rebella’s Saga 185She and Christiaan had tried truly everything. They had both taken ‘Strength-Drops’ from the Home-Medicine chest.]
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 44It will be a transformed countryside indeed when the last bottle of ‘Versterk Druppels’ is sold.
1958E.H. BurrowsHist. of Medicine 191Versterk(ende) droppels (lit. Strengthening Drops): used as a tonic for persons ‘run down’, nervous or with general debility — a few drops in a goblet of wine.
1963A.M. Louw20 Days 260‘Calm yourself, my old husband,’ said old Susanna, handing him a small glass of wine and versterkdruppels.
1969Post 16 Feb.Brighten your life with..Versterkdruppels. The most trusted name in Dutch Medicines.
1974Y. Burgess inS. GrayOn Edge of World 23The triangular wall-cabinet where she kept, among other remedies, the groenamare for her cramps, the versterkdruppels for her nerves, and the rooi laventel for her heart.
1989D. SmutsFolk Remedies 22Childlessness,..1 bottle old port wine,..1 small bottle versterkdruppels, 1 small bottle phosphorine...This person I know of hadn’t even finished the bottle..before she conceived.
1991[see quot. at krampdruppelsdruppelssense b i].
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