[ ahr-ni-kuh ]
/ ˈɑr nɪ kə /


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 < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arnica


/ (ˈɑːnɪkə) /


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

Word Origin for arnica

C18: from New Latin, of unknown origin
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