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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Definitions for vulnerary

  1. used to promote the healing of wounds, as herbs or other remedies.
  2. a remedy for wounds.

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Citations for vulnerary
She was now in an apartment of the castle, anxiously superintending the preparation of vulnerary herbs, to be applied to the wounded ... Sir Walter Scott, A Legend of Montrose, 1819
Formerly country people cultivated Comfrey in their gardens for its virtue in wound healing, and the many local names of the plant testify to its long reputation as a vulnerary herb ... Maud Grieve, A Modern Herbal, 1931
Origin of vulnerary
The Latin adjective and noun vulnerārius first appears in the writings of the Roman polymath Pliny the Elder (23–79 a.d.), who perished in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 a.d. while trying to observe the eruption). As an adjective, vulnerārius means “(bandage) for dressing wounds"; as a noun, it means “surgeon.” Vulnerary entered English at the end of the 16th century.