One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ointment containing mercury (in the form of quicksilver), used especially in the treatment of syphilitic skin disease.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Quincy (d. 1722), apothecary and physician. After post-classical Latin unguentum coeruleum.
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