a paste formerly used as an antidote to poison, especially snake venom, made from 60 or 70 different drugs pulverized and mixed with honey.
Also the·ri·a·ca [thuh-rahy-uh-kuh] /θəˈraɪ ə kə/
Origin of theriac
before 1000;Related formsthe·ri·a·cal, adjective
< 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
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Examples from the Web for theriac
Historical Examples of theriac
Then there is a commentary on the "Cantica of Avicenna," and a tractate on the "Theriac."
He is partial to long controversies, calmuniates priest and theriac.
There he found that the most called for remedy was a theriac.
Theriac is only the more rigid form of the same word, the scholarly, as distinguished from the popular, adoption of it.
But we lawyers boil our theriac even nowadays and regard the most important study, the study of reality, with arrogance.
British Dictionary definitions for theriac
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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