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  • Also spelled callibogus, calebogus, calibogus.

    "Frock-coated charlatans arrived from St. John's with bottles of calabogus in their black leather bags, selling a tincture of boiled spruce gum and molasses and rum to the desperate mothers of dying children. They came like vultures. And one of these fraudulent apothecaries . . . was Edwin Pratt."
    —David Macfarlane, The Danger Tree, 59

    "Apparently a maritime beverage of eastern North America: ... A drink made by mixing spruce beer, rum or other liquor and molasses; formerly also in clipped form calli with specifying word egg, king, etc."
    Dictionary of Newfoundland English

    May 6, 2008