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poultice Line breaks: poult|ice
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊltɪs/

Definition of poultice in English:


A soft, moist mass of material, typically consisting of bran, flour, herbs, etc., applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth.
Example sentences
  • Michael insisted on taking care of that himself, bandaging a poultice of herbs over the injury every morning.
  • He beckoned, then pointed at the poultice, and was relieved when the fledgling crawled over with no sign of either suspicion or fear.
  • Such practitioners, known as curanderos, use herb teas and poultices, traditional exercises, incantations, and magical touching to heal.


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Apply a poultice to: he poulticed the wound
More example sentences
  • A Greek myth relates that Achilles used some form of the Yarrow for poulticing the wounds of his soldiers.
  • We're just hoping that poulticing it and hot-tubbing it will do the trick.
  • Mmm, he may have heated some dampened rags by the stove and poulticed them on the clay to render it supple.


Late Middle English: from Latin pultes (plural), from puls, pult- 'pottage, pap'.

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