One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seller of drugs or remedies.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Copland (fl. 1505–1547), translator and printer. From Middle French pharmacopole and its etymon classical Latin pharmacopōla from ancient Greek ϕαρμακοπώλης from ϕαρμακο- + -πώλης.
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