- a pasty mass composed of a medicine, usually in powder form, mixed in a palatable medium, as syrup, honey, or other sweet substance: used especially for animals and administered by application to the teeth, tongue, or gums.
Origin of electuary
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Examples from the Web for electuary
With a blood-letting and an electuary, I will warrant him sound within a month.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Go unto her with this box of electuary, and give it to the child that he may recover.The Unknown Quantity
Henry van Dyke
It was enclosed in a gallipot, and was what I believe they called an electuary.The House by the Church-Yard
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Another and effective remedy is the root of the male fern, Aspidium filix-mas, used in decoction or electuary.
Diascordium, dī-a-skor′di-um, n. an electuary prepared with scordium or water-germander.
- archaic a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey
C14: from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably from Greek ēkleikton electuary, from ekleikhein to lick out, from leikhein to lick