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: to the last drop
used chiefly in the phrase to drink supernaculum


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plural -s
: something and specifically an alcoholic beverage of superior quality
the most interesting California sherry, a supernaculumS. P. Lucia

Word History



New Latin, from super nagulum, super naculum (partial translation of German auf den nagel, literally, on the nail), from Latin super over, on + New Latin nagulum, naculum nail, from German nagel fingernail, from Old High German nagal; from the practice of turning the emptied glass upside down on the thumbnail without emitting a drop

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“Supernaculum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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