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theriac

[ theer-ee-ak ]
/ ˈθɪər iˌæk /
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noun

molasses; treacle.
a paste formerly used as an antidote to poison, especially snake venom, made from 60 or 70 different drugs pulverized and mixed with honey.

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Also the·ri·a·ca [thuh-rahy-uh-kuh]. /θəˈraɪ ə kə/.

Origin of theriac

before 1000; <Latin thēriaca antidote to poison <Greek thēriakḗ, feminine of thēriakós, equivalent to thērí(on) wild beast + -akos-ac; replacing Middle English tiriake,Old English tȳriaca<Medieval Latin, variant of thēriaca

OTHER WORDS FROM theriac

the·ri·a·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for theriac

theriac
/ (ˈθɪərɪæk) /

noun archaic

an ointment or potion of varying composition, used as an antidote to a poison

Word Origin for theriac

C14: from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison
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