- an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
Origin of unguent
Examples from the Web for unguent
But the unguent was not forthcoming, and the emperor was crowned without its aid.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
At such a time the man should apply some unguent, so as to make the entrance easy.The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana
The Selgic iris1246 also, and the unguent which is made from it, are in great esteem.
Addressing her sportively, Krishna said, For whom are you carrying that unguent?
And she gave them as much of the unguent as was sufficient for their persons.
- a less common name for an ointment
Word Origin and History for unguent
"ointment," mid-15c., from Latin unguentem "ointment," from stem of unguere "to anoint or smear with ointment," from PIE root *ongw- "to salve, anoint" (cf. Sanskrit anakti "anoints, smears," Armenian aucanem "I anoint," Old Prussian anctan "butter," Old High German ancho, German anke "butter," Old Irish imb, Welsh ymenyn "butter").
- A soothing or medicinal salve.