The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sop \Sop\, n. [OE. sop, soppe; akin to AS. s?pan to sup, to sip,
to drink, D. sop sop, G. suppe soup, Icel. soppa sop. See
Sup, v. t., and cf. Soup.]
1. Anything steeped, or dipped and softened, in any liquid;
especially, something dipped in broth or liquid food, and
intended to be eaten.
He it is to whom I shall give a sop, when I have
dipped it. --John xiii.
Sops in wine, quantity, inebriate more than wine
The bounded waters
Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this solid globe. --Shak.
2. Anything given to pacify; -- so called from the sop given
to Cerberus, as related in mythology.
All nature is cured with a sop. --L'Estrange.
3. A thing of little or no value. [Obs.] --P. Plowman.
Sops in wine (Bot.), an old name of the clove pink,
alluding to its having been used to flavor wine.
Garlands of roses and sops in wine. --Spenser.
Sops of wine (Bot.), an old European variety of apple, of a
yellow and red color, shading to deep red; -- called also
sopsavine, and red shropsavine.