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[ih-lek-choo-er-ee] /ɪˈlɛk tʃuˌɛr i/
noun, plural electuaries. Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine.
a pasty mass composed of a medicine, usually in powder form, mixed in a palatable medium, as syrup, honey, or other sweet substance: used especially for animals and administered by application to the teeth, tongue, or gums.
Origin of electuary
1350-1400; Middle English electuarie < Late Latin elect(u)ārium a medicinal lozenge, alteration (by confusion with Latin ēlēctus (adj.) choice, good quality, ēlēctus (noun) choice) of Greek ekleiktón lozenge (neuter verbal adjective of ekleíchein to lick up; ek- ec- + leíchein to lick); see -ary Unabridged
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noun (pl) -aries
(archaic) a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably from Greek ēkleikton electuary, from ekleikhein to lick out, from leikhein to lick
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electuary e·lec·tu·ar·y (ĭ-lěk'chōō-ěr'ē)
See confection.

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