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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

mithridate

\MITH-ri-deyt\ , noun;
1.
A confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.
Quotes:
The mithridate he believed to be made of the same drugs as the treacle, though they ought to be very different compositions, especially in regard to opium; one seventy-fifth part of the treacle should be opium, but not a two hundred and fortieth part in mithridate.
-- Dr. B.R. Squibb, "Hydrocyanic Acid," Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association, Volume 16, 1868.
Elizabeth had listened with half an ear while she tried to spoon the mithridate between Margaret's flaccid lips.
-- Anya Seton, The Winthrop Woman
Origin:
Mithridate originates from the name of Mithridates VI, a legendary king who had an immunity to poisons.
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