|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|—n , pl -ries|
|1.||a device for inserting into the vagina, either as a support for the uterus or (diaphragm pessary) to deliver a drug, such as a contraceptive|
|2.||a medicated vaginal suppository|
|[C14: from Late Latin pessārium, from Latin pessum, from Greek pessos plug]|
pessary pes·sa·ry (pěs'ə-rē)
Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum.
A contraceptive diaphragm.
A medicated vaginal suppository.