theriaca

theriac

[theer-ee-ak]
noun
1.
molasses; treacle.
2.
a paste formerly used as an antidote to poison, especially snake venom, made from 60 or 70 different drugs pulverized and mixed with honey.
Also, theriaca [thuh-rahy-uh-kuh] .


Origin:
before 1000; < Latin thēriaca antidote to poison < Greek thēriakḗ, feminine of thēriakós, equivalent to thērí(on) wild beast + -akos -ac; replacing Middle English tiriake, Old English tȳriaca < Medieval Latin, variant of thēriaca

theriacal, adjective
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theriac (ˈθɪərɪæk)
 
n
an ointment or potion of varying composition, used as an antidote to a poison
 
[C14: from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison]

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