Definition of electuary in English:


Line breaks: elec¦tu|ary
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛktjʊ(ə)ri

noun (plural electuaries)

  • A medicinal substance mixed with honey or another sweet substance.
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    • Later Babylonian tablets give recipes for ‘electuaries’ - medicines based on honey.
    • In pre-modern medicine, catholicon was a soft electuary, so called as being supposedly universal in its curative and prophylactic abilities.
    • Dr. Mead directs a drachm of an electuary similar to this to be taken evening and morning.


late Middle English: from late Latin electuarium, probably from Greek ekleikton, from ekleikhein 'lick up'.

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