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Punch (drink), a drink derived from India, the designation of which is due to the fact that it is properly composed of five (Hindu, panch) ingredients - arrack, tea, sugar, water, and lemon-juice. The last three of these are mixed with alcohol to form the punch now drunk in England, the name (brandy-punch, etc.) differing according to the liquor employed. Wine, tea, and other ingredients are sometimes added. "Punch.; or, The London Charivari," the leading English comic journal, was started in 1841 under the editorship of Henry Mayhew and Mark Lemon. Many well-known writers have contributed to its pages, including W. M. Thackeray, Tom Hood, Douglas Jerrold, and Albert Smith. Punch was conspicuous from the outset for the excellence of its illustrations; and the reputation established by H. K. Browne, Doyle, and Leech, has been worthily maintained by Tenniel, Du Maurier, and Linley Sambourne.