electuary

electuary

[ih-lek-choo-er-ee]
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:
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

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electuary (ɪˈlɛktjʊərɪ)
 
n , pl -aries
archaic a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey
 
[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)
n.
See confection.

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