- any composite plant of the genus Arnica, having opposite leaves and yellow flower heads.
- a tincture of the flowers of A. montana, of Europe, and other species of Arnica, formerly used as an external application in sprains and bruises.
Origin of arnica
1745–55; < New Latin < ?
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Examples from the Web for arnica
She spent the whole morning bathing and poulticing me, and rubbing me with arnica.My Antonia
Free applications of arnica or iodine will have an excellent effect.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
Oil of Arnica is an excellent application for inflamed Piles.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
There was an atmosphere of arnica and dejection in the house when we got there.At Good Old Siwash
My knee he bandaged with arnica, after bathing it a long while with warm water.White Dandy; or, Master and I
Velma Caldwell Melville
- any N temperate or arctic plant of the genus Arnica, typically having yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
- the tincture of the dried flower heads of any of these plants, esp A. montana, used in treating bruises
C18: from New Latin, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for arnica
plant genus of the borage family, 1753, Modern Latin, of unknown origin. Klein suggests Arabic arnabiyah, a name of a type of plant, as the ultimate source.
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