One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A liquid for rubbing on the body to relieve pain from sprains and strains.‘a bottle of embrocation’count noun ‘a range of embrocations, tinctures, syrups, and tisanes’
ointment, lotion, cream, rub, salve, emollient, preparation, application, liniment, balm, poultice, unguentView synonyms
- ‘He used to kill an Adder and clarify the dripping for embrocation.’
- ‘Those which had finished courses had their paws soaking; those yet to go were being rubbed with embrocation, giving the car park the air of an enormous dressing-room.’
- ‘I recently read a checklist of things to bring and do before a race, and one suggestion was to apply embrocation to exposed legs.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin embrocatio(n-), from the verb embrocare, based on Greek embrokhē ‘lotion’.
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