One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A liquid used for rubbing on the body to relieve pain from sprains and strains.
ointment, lotion, cream, rub, salve, emollient, preparation, application, liniment, balm, poultice, unguentView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘He used to kill an Adder and clarify the dripping for embrocation.’
- ‘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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