Definition of poultice in English:

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poultice

Pronunciation: /ˈpōltəs/

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • Michael insisted on taking care of that himself, bandaging a poultice of herbs over the injury every morning.
  • He beckoned, then pointed at the poultice, and was relieved when the fledgling crawled over with no sign of either suspicion or fear.
  • Such practitioners, known as curanderos, use herb teas and poultices, traditional exercises, incantations, and magical touching to heal.

verb

[with object]
Apply a poultice to: he poulticed the wound
More example sentences
  • A Greek myth relates that Achilles used some form of the Yarrow for poulticing the wounds of his soldiers.
  • We're just hoping that poulticing it and hot-tubbing it will do the trick.
  • Mmm, he may have heated some dampened rags by the stove and poulticed them on the clay to render it supple.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin pultes (plural), from puls, pult- 'porridge, pap'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: poul·tice

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