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Antimony oxychloride, a white solid formerly used in powdered form as an emetic. Also "algaroth powder", "Algaroth's powder", "powder of algaroth".
Mid 17th century. From French algaroth, † algarot, † algorot from the name of Vittorio Algarotti (1553–1604; also known (internationally) as Victor Algarotti, and (formerly) † Algarotto, † Algorotto), a physician of Verona, who pioneered the medical use of the substance.
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