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apothecary

[ uh-poth-uh-ker-ee ]
/ əˈpɒθ əˌkɛr i /
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Definition of apothecary

noun, plural a·poth·e·car·ies.
a druggist; a pharmacist.
a pharmacy or drugstore.
(especially in England and Ireland) a druggist licensed to prescribe medicine.
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Origin of apothecary

1325–75; Middle English (<Old French ) <Medieval Latin apothēcārius seller of spices and drugs, Late Latin: shopkeeper, equivalent to Latin apothēc(a) shop, storehouse (<Greek apothḗkē;see apo-, theca) + -ārius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for apothecary

apothecary
/ (əˈpɒθɪkərɪ) /

noun plural -caries
an archaic word for pharmacist
law a chemist licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to prescribe, prepare, and sell drugs

Word Origin for apothecary

C14: from Old French apotecaire, from Late Latin apothēcārius warehouseman, from apothēca, from Greek apothēkē storehouse
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