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It derives from the Hebrew shekhar . In the Latin Vulgate it became sicera. What fermented drink-name is it?




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Answer: cider

The word cider derives from the Late Latin sicera, which is the Vulgate's (i.e., the first Latin Bible's) rendition of the Hebrew shekhar , a word used for any strong drink. Note that in Old English this was translated as beor. Eventually, the meaning of the word narrowed to "fermented drink made from apples."

For example: Number 6:3 - he [the Nazarite] shall abstain from wine and strong drink : he shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or dried.


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