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[poh-shuh n] /ˈpoʊ ʃən/

a drink or draft, especially one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers:
a love potion; a sleeping potion.
a drink, esp of medicine, poison, or some supposedly magic beverage
a rare word for beverage

c.1300, pocioun “medicinal drink,” from Old French pocion “potion, draught, medicine” (12c.), from Latin potionem (nominative potio) “a potion, a drinking,” also “poisonous draught, magic potion,” from potus, irregular past participle of potare “to drink,” from PIE root *po(i)- “to drink” (cf. Sanskrit pati “drinks,” panam “beverage;” Greek pinein “to drink,” poton “that which one drinks,” potos “drinking bout;” Old Church Slavonic piti “to drink,” pivo “beverage”). Potus as a past participle adjective in Latin meant “drunken.”

potion po·tion (pō’shən)
A liquid medicinal dose or drink.


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