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arnica

[ahr-ni-kuh] /ˈɑr nɪ kə/
noun
1.
any composite plant of the genus Arnica, having opposite leaves and yellow flower heads.
2.
a tincture of the flowers of A. montana, of Europe, and other species of Arnica, formerly used as an external application in sprains and bruises.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Neo-Latin < ?
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arnica

/ˈɑːnɪkə/
noun
1.
any N temperate or arctic plant of the genus Arnica, typically having yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
the tincture of the dried flower heads of any of these plants, esp A. montana, used in treating bruises
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for arnica
n.

plant genus of the borage family, 1753, Modern Latin, of unknown origin. Klein suggests Arabic arnabiyah, a name of a type of plant, as the ultimate source.

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