One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A medicinal substance mixed with honey or another sweet substance.
- ‘In pre-modern medicine, catholicon was a soft electuary, so called as being supposedly universal in its curative and prophylactic abilities.’
- ‘Later Babylonian tablets give recipes for ‘electuaries’ - medicines based on honey.’
- ‘Dr. Mead directs a drachm of an electuary similar to this to be taken evening and morning.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin electuarium, probably from Greek ekleikton, from ekleikhein ‘lick up’.
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