Where did the word 'alcohol' come from? You'd be surprised!
on 30/12/10 at 9:36 amBooze News
When alcohol first entered the English language in the early seventeenth century denoted a kind of cosmetic, specifically an eye liner once used in the Middle East by people such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti.
Francis Bacon, for example, refers to the substance in his 1626 work of natural history called Sylva Sylvarum: “The Turkes have a black Powder, made of a Mineral called Alochole; which with a fine long Pencil they lay under their Eye-lids.”