- 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.
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
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Examples from the Web for theriac
Then there is a commentary on the "Cantica of Avicenna," and a tractate on the "Theriac."Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
He is partial to long controversies, calmuniates priest and theriac.The Book of Masks
Remy de Gourmont
There he found that the most called for remedy was a theriac.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
Theriac is only the more rigid form of the same word, the scholarly, as distinguished from the popular, adoption of it.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
But we lawyers boil our theriac even nowadays and regard the most important study, the study of reality, with arrogance.Criminal Psychology
- an ointment or potion of varying composition, used as an antidote to a poison
C14: from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison
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