Unguent meaning

ŭnggwənt
A salve for soothing or healing; an ointment.
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A salve or ointment.
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A salve for soothing or healing; an ointment.
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Any cream containing medicinal ingredients applied to the skin for therapeutic purposes.
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Origin of unguent

  • Middle English from Latin unguentum from unguere to anoint

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

  • From Latin unguentum (“ointment"), from unguō (“I smear with ointment"), from Proto-Indo-European *ongw- (“to salve").

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognates include Old Prussian anctan, Old High German ancho (German anke (“butter")), Welsh ymenyn (“butter").

    From Wiktionary