Definition of linctus in English:

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linctus

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪŋktəs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

[mass noun] British
Thick liquid medicine, especially cough mixture.
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.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin, from lingere 'to lick'.

More
  • This word for a cough mixture is an adoption of a Latin word which comes from lingere ‘to lick’. It is literally a mixture meant to be lapped up by the tongue.

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