Definition of arnica in English:

arnica

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːnɪkə
 
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noun

  • 1A plant of the daisy family which bears yellow, daisy-like flowers, found in cooler regions of the northern hemisphere.
    • Genus Arnica, family Compositae: many species, especially mountain tobacco (A. montana) of central Europe
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    • Brown-faced golden daisies bobbed in the gentle breeze; smaller arnicas vied with the fledgling's feathers for sunny brilliance.
    • Among the wildflowers are a wild geranium, an aster with smooth stems and leaves, leafy arnica, yellow monkey flower, meadow rue, and bluebells.
    • As we climb, the maze of trees, ferns, and blueberry bushes gives way to subalpine meadows painted with purple lupine, pale blue gentians, crimson columbine, and yellow arnica.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A preparation of the arnica plant used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises.
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    • Skin creams containing vitamin C or arnica can also help bruises heal.
    • Use of 26 types of homeopathic medicines was reported, with the most frequently used being arnica.
    • In between treatments, apply arnica gel to the injury site.

Origin

mid 18th century: modern Latin, of unknown origin.

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