Electuary meaning

ĭ-lĕkcho͝o-ĕrē
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A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.
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A medicine made by mixing drugs with honey or syrup to form a paste.
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A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.
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(medicine) Any preparation of a medicine mixed with honey or similar in order to make it more palatable to swallow.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of electuary - electary

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
electuary
Plural:
electuaries

Origin of electuary

  • Middle English electuarie from Late Latin ēlēctuārium probably alteration of Greek ekleikton from ekleikhein to lick up ek- out eghs in Indo-European roots leikhein to lick leigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin electuarium, from Ancient Greek ἐκλείκτον (ekleikton, “medicine which is licked away”), from ἐκλείχω (ekleikhō, “I lick up”), from ἐκ (ek, “out, from”) + λείχω (leikhō, “I lick”).

    From Wiktionary