arnica

[ahr-ni-kuh]
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:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin < ?

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arnica (ˈɑːnɪkə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from New Latin, of unknown origin]

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arnica
1753, Mod.L., of unknown origin.
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