a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body.
verb (used with object), poulticed, poulticing.
to apply a poultice to.

1535–45; earlier pultes, plural (taken as singular) of Latin puls (stem pult-) thick pap. See pulse2

unpoulticed, adjective
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poultice (ˈpəʊltɪs)
1.  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
2.  slang (Austral) a large sum of money, esp a debt
[C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge]

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1542, alteration of M.E. pultes, from L. pultes, pl. of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.)).
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poultice poul·tice (pōl'tĭs)
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.

poul'tice v.
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Example sentences
In emergency situations it is often easy to find plantain plants and to make a
  tea for poultices and wound dressings.
Poultices, soft water washes and chemical washes were tried and were mostly
  ineffective cleaning tools.
While infusions and poultices retain the plant's tannic acid, the distillate
  does not.
Poultices made from the gummy secretions from the elm's bark were applied to
  infected wounds.
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