Definition of poultice in English:



  • A soft, moist mass of material, typically consisting of bran, flour, herbs, etc., applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth.

    • ‘Massage oils, poultices, steam inhalations, sitz, hand, body and foot baths, gargles and room sprays are the most common methods of administration.’
    • ‘Bandages and poultices covered the burn, and provided enough relief from the pain that she could function normally again.’
    • ‘My hand traveled down my side and discovered the padding that had been secured to the wound; a rank stench told me that they had used a poultice to keep the infectious humors at bay.’
    • ‘He beckoned, then pointed at the poultice, and was relieved when the fledgling crawled over with no sign of either suspicion or fear.’
    • ‘Believing himself capable of curing his affliction with poultices and antiseptics, he had only delayed the inevitable visit to the doctor's office.’
    • ‘Home remedies consisting of poultices, eye irrigations, teas, etc., are liberally provided and described in detail.’
    • ‘Over the next two hours she concocted potions to relieve the pain, creams to help the healing, and a poultice to reduce the swelling.’
    • ‘In Java, poultices of the herb are applied to old sores, scurvy, and other skin conditions.’
    • ‘Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to relieve pain and inflammation.’
    • ‘Such practitioners, known as curanderos, use herb teas and poultices, traditional exercises, incantations, and magical touching to heal.’
    • ‘Doctors in those days prescribed mustard poultices or the like and Mother knew all about those.’
    • ‘A poultice of unknown contents was applied to the area, with subsequent development of the mass.’
    • ‘The healers have their bandages and their poultices, their medicine and their skill.’
    • ‘Add a drop of lavender essential oil, and make a detoxifying poultice or mask.’
    • ‘Her mantle cavity's obviously infected, but those poultices you put on the wounds have probably kept her from dying.’
    • ‘Michael insisted on taking care of that himself, bandaging a poultice of herbs over the injury every morning.’
    • ‘Sunday was spent applying more unctions, lotions and poultices than any sane person should ever need.’
    • ‘You can also use fresh mustard leaves as a poultice.’
    • ‘She knows a lot about herbs and poultices and all that, mostly from her mother, who was a Druid.’
    • ‘She worked quickly, applying several salves, and then a poultice.’
    ointment, cream, salve, balm, rub, emollient, moisturizer, lubricant, unguent, liniment, embrocation
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[with object]
  • Apply a poultice to.

    ‘he poulticed the wound’
    • ‘Mmm, he may have heated some dampened rags by the stove and poulticed them on the clay to render it supple.’
    • ‘We're just hoping that poulticing it and hot-tubbing it will do the trick.’
    • ‘The blisters were drawn, clipped, poulticed; and not infrequently the odor arising from them could be recognized as soon as the door of the house was opened.’
    • ‘I took Dutch drops for it, and poulticed it by day, and I was bad for three weeks.’
    • ‘A Greek myth relates that Achilles used some form of the Yarrow for poulticing the wounds of his soldiers.’


Late Middle English: from Latin pultes (plural), from puls, pult- ‘pottage, pap’.