Word of the Day Archive
Friday January 23, 2004
unguent \UNG-gwuhnt\ , noun:
A salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.
As a blond nurse . . . leaned over and began to swab a stinging green unguent on the throbbing wound.
-- Lawrence Wright, God's Favorite
The window-sill was cluttered with shampoos and soaps and unguents.
-- Amit Chaudhuri, Freedom Song
Unguent comes from Latin unguentum, from unguere, "to anoint."