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Thursday, December 03, 2009

roborant

\ROB-uh-ruhnt\ , adjective, noun;
1.
Strengthening; restoring vigor.
noun:
1.
A strengthening medicine; a tonic; a restorative.
Quotes:
A major field study of the effect of pollen extracts on the common cold and its roborant . . . effects in 775 Swedish military recruits did not give unequivocal results in relation to the prophylactic effect of the preparation used against the common cold.
-- James P. Carter, Racketeering in Medicine
That day, I felt the need of a roborant after my ghost-ridden night, and I swigged down two doses.
-- William Least Heat Moon, River Horse
Origin:
Roborant derives from the present participle of Latin roborare, "to strengthen," from robur, roboris, "strength."
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