- a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body.
- to apply a poultice to.
Origin of poultice
1535–45; earlier pultes, plural (taken as singular) of Latin puls (stem pult-) thick pap. See pulse2
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Examples from the Web for poultice
And yet not one mother or nurse in ten knows how to make a poultice.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
"I should advise you to poultice," she said, addressing Tim.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
I put him ter bed and made the poultice, then I put it ter his side.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
In the common paronychia a poultice is generally sufficient.Zoonomia, Vol. II
It's like the poultice Aunt Cindy made for Walkah's toothache.The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation
Annie Fellows Johnston
- Also called: cataplasm med a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc
- Australian slang a large sum of money, esp a debt
C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge
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Word Origin and History for poultice
16c. alteration of Middle English pultes (late 14c.), ultimately from Latin pultes, plural of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A soft moist adhesive mass, as of meal or clay, that is usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body.cataplasm
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