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RECIPE, a statement of the materials and ingredients used in the making and preparation of a dish for cooking, a receipt. This is the principal current use, which was first applied to medieval prescriptions from the custom of placing the word, meaning " take this " (imperative of Lat. recipere, to receive), often abbreviated R or IJ , at the head of the formula.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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