theriac

[ theer-ee-ak ]
/ ˈθɪər iˌæk /

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. thereunto,
  2. thereupon,
  3. therewith,
  4. therewithal,
  5. therezina,
  6. therian,
  7. therianthropic,
  8. theriatrics,
  9. theridiid,
  10. theriogenology

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

Related formsthe·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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