One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bathe (a diseased or painful part of the body) with liquid.
rub, rub down, knead, palpate, manipulate, pummel, workView synonyms
- ‘Two hours after this, the flesh about the wound was cut out, and the part burnt with a hot iron, and the arm embrocated with warm oil.’
- ‘He had frequently seen the backs of sailors, who had been flogged, embrocated with Salted Brandy.’
- ‘Embrocate the part affected with your hand, warmed, for a quarter of an hour.’
- ‘Embrocating the arm with oil only abated the swelling.’
- ‘If the skin be very tense, it may be embrocated with a mixture of three fourths of oil of roses, and one fourth of common vinegar.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin embrocat-, from the verb embrocare, based on Greek embrokhē ‘lotion’.
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