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vulnerary

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin vulnerārius, from vulnus (wound).

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AdjectiveEdit

vulnerary (comparative more vulnerary, superlative most vulnerary)

  1. Useful or used for healing wounds; healing, curative.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      Rebecca examined the wound, and having applied to it such vulnerary remedies as her art prescribed, informed her father that [...] there was nothing to fear for his guest’s life.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 422 (footnote):
      Take, for example, the famous vulnerary ointment attributed to Paracelsus.
  2. (archaic, rare) Causing wounds, wounding.

Usage notesEdit

  • Restricted in modern use primarily to works on ethnobotany and traditional medicine.

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NounEdit

vulnerary (plural vulneraries)

  1. A healing drug or other agent used in healing and treating wounds.

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