An allusion to Admiral Edward Vernon (nicknamed "Old Grog" after the grogram coat he habitually wore), who in 1740 ordered his sailors' rum to be watered down.
Alternatively from Catalan groc (“yellow”), the colour of the low-quality alcohol.
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- Rhymes: -ɒɡ
- (original meaning) An alcoholic beverage made with rum and water, especially that once issued to sailors of the Royal Navy.
- (by extension, Australia, New Zealand) Any alcoholic beverage.
- An alcoholic beverage made with hot water or tea, sugar and rum, sometimes also with lemon or lime juice and spices, particularly cinnamon.
- (ceramics) A type of pre-fired clay that has been ground and screened to a specific particle size.