Fwd: Ouakaka or Ouakalke

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 30 14:14:40 UTC 2009

Can anyone cast further light on this?  "Wakaka
Powder"?  (Andrew Brown wrote that the usual
suspects have been rounded up, and it doesn't seem to be in the OED.)

>From: John Sullivan <johnjsullivan at GMAIL.COM>
>Hello, Andrew. I think she's talking about
>Wakaka Powder, or Wakaka des Indes (spelled all
>sorts of ways), a sweet pulverized mixture that
>could be stirred into anything and was supposed
>to stimulate appetite, settle weak stomachs, etc. Yrs, JohnÂ
>On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:44 AM, Andrew Brown  wrote:
>On 12 November 1745, Mme Du Chatelet thanks
>Jacquier, then in Rome, for the despatch of some
>"poudre de Ouakaka" -- this spelling from a
>printed source, the same editor using the form
>"Ouakalke" in another edition, both may be
>wrong. Mme Du Chātelet considers the substance rare.
>Are there any Ouakaka users on the list? What
>purpose does it serve? The usual sources have been checked.

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