One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or flour, applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth.
ointment, cream, salve, balm, rub, emollient, moisturizer, lubricant, unguent, liniment, embrocationView synonyms
- ‘Believing himself capable of curing his affliction with poultices and antiseptics, he had only delayed the inevitable visit to the doctor's office.’
- ‘Such practitioners, known as curanderos, use herb teas and poultices, traditional exercises, incantations, and magical touching to heal.’
- ‘The healers have their bandages and their poultices, their medicine and their skill.’
- ‘She knows a lot about herbs and poultices and all that, mostly from her mother, who was a Druid.’
- ‘He beckoned, then pointed at the poultice, and was relieved when the fledgling crawled over with no sign of either suspicion or fear.’
- ‘You can also use fresh mustard leaves as a poultice.’
- ‘Massage oils, poultices, steam inhalations, sitz, hand, body and foot baths, gargles and room sprays are the most common methods of administration.’
- ‘Doctors in those days prescribed mustard poultices or the like and Mother knew all about those.’
- ‘Add a drop of lavender essential oil, and make a detoxifying poultice or mask.’
- ‘A poultice of unknown contents was applied to the area, with subsequent development of the mass.’
- ‘Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to relieve pain and inflammation.’
- ‘Home remedies consisting of poultices, eye irrigations, teas, etc., are liberally provided and described in detail.’
- ‘Bandages and poultices covered the burn, and provided enough relief from the pain that she could function normally again.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She worked quickly, applying several salves, and then a poultice.’
- ‘Her mantle cavity's obviously infected, but those poultices you put on the wounds have probably kept her from dying.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Apply a poultice to.‘he poulticed the wound’
- ‘We're just hoping that poulticing it and hot-tubbing it will do the trick.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mmm, he may have heated some dampened rags by the stove and poulticed them on the clay to render it supple.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Latin pultes (plural), from puls, pult- ‘pottage, pap’.
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