noun, plural a·poth·e·car·ies.
- apothecaries weight,
- apothecaries' measure,
- apothecaries' weight,
- apothecary jar,
Origin of apothecary
Examples from the Web for apothecary
It was dark when we came to the place, but the apothecary's wife pointed it out on a distant hill.Germany in War Time|Mary Ethel McAuley
He was placed in an apothecary's shop, but soon left it for an attorney's office.
Had taken many medicines from his apothecary without advantage.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses|William Withering
At this a perceptible sparkle of imperious approval shot along her glance; it gave the apothecary speech.The Grandissimes|George Washington Cable
He found himself presently staring vacantly in the apothecary's window.Trent's Trust and Other Stories|Bret Harte
noun plural -caries
Word Origin for apothecary
mid-14c., "shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments," from Old French apotecaire (13c., Modern French apothicaire), from Late Latin apothecarius "storekeeper," from Latin apotheca "storehouse," from Greek apotheke "barn, storehouse," literally "a place where things are put away," from apo- "away" (see apo-) + tithenai "to put," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Same root produced French boutique and Spanish bodega. Cognate compounds produced Sanskrit apadha- "concealment," Old Persian apadana- "palace."
Drugs and herbs being among the chief items of non-perishable goods, the meaning narrowed 17c. to "druggist" (Apothecaries' Company of London separated from the Grocers' in 1617). Apothecaries formerly were notorious for "the assumed gravity and affectation of knowledge generally put on by the gentlemen of this profession, who are commonly as superficial in their learning as they are pedantic in their language" [Francis Grose, "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]. Hence, Apothecary's Latin, barbarously mangled, also known as Dog Latin.