• (proper-noun): A brand of beef extract made in the UK.

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  • (noun): an extract of beef (given to people who are ill)

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Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick and salty meat extract paste similar to a yeast extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston. It is sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar. Bovril is owned and distributed by Unilever UK.
Bovril can be made into a drink by diluting with hot water or, less commonly, with milk. It can be used as a flavouring for soups, broth, stews or porridge, or as a spread, especially on toast in a similar fashion to Marmite and Vegemite.

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  • "Bovril," and unnecessarily explain that the pool it came from contained two dead horses and an ox.

  • His Piccadilly painting features ads for Coca Cola, Bovril, Max Factor, Gordon's Gin and Wrigleys on the famous hoardings overlooking the junction.

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  • I took extreme action and switched to Bovril long enough for him to stop seeing me as a useful coffee supplier.

  • It goes on: "A strict diet for two days a week consisting solely of vegetables, fruit, milk and a mug of Bovril could prevent breast cancer, scientists say."

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