(med) Also called cataplasm. a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc
(Austral, slang) a large sum of money, esp a debt
C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge
poultice poul·tice (pōl'tĭs) n. A soft moist adhesive mass, as of meal or clay, that is usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body. Also called cataplasm.