Definition of electuary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛktjʊ(ə)ri/

noun (plural electuaries)

A medicinal substance mixed with honey or another sweet substance.
Example sentences
  • 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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