One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A medicine for expelling phlegm; an expectorant.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From Middle French fleumagogue, French † phlegmagogue, † flegmagogue and its etymon post-classical Latin phlegmagogum, use as noun of phlegmagogus carrying off phlegm from Hellenistic Greek ϕλεγμαγωγός from ancient Greek ϕλέγμα + ἀγωγός drawing forth.
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