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Friday, January 23, 2004

unguent

\UNG-gwuhnt\ , noun;
1.
A salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Unguent comes from Latin unguentum, from unguere, "to anoint."
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