noun[mass noun] British
- Thick liquid medicine, especially cough mixture.More example sentences
- It'll pass of course, these things always do, and in the meantime I can get by on aspirin, linctus and the occasional hot toddy.
- He asked for a list of drugs, but Mrs Patel could only provide codeine linctus, which can be used by heroin addicts.
- There comes a time, however, when you simply can't face another pill, potion or linctus without throwing up.
late 17th century: from Latin, from lingere 'to lick'.