• WordNet 3.6
    • n arnica an ointment used in treating bruises
    • n arnica any of various rhizomatous usually perennial plants of the genus Arnica
    • n arnica used especially in treating bruises
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arnica (Bot) A genus of plants; also, the most important species (Arnica montana), native of the mountains of Europe, used in medicine as a narcotic and stimulant.☞ The tincture of arnica is applied externally as a remedy for bruises, sprains, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arnica är′ni-ka a genus of composite plants, of which the species A. montana, or Mountain Tobacco, formerly enjoyed a great repute in medicine as a stimulant in paralytic affections, low fevers, &c
    • Arnica its flowers still yield a tincture externally applied to wounds and bruises
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. a corruption of ptarmica,


In literature:

She ran for camphor, carbonate of soda and arnica, bathed Miss Muller's head, bent over her, fussing, terrified, anxious.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873" by Various
Free applications of arnica or iodine will have an excellent effect.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
In a few moments Auntie Jean came flying across the orchard, bandages and arnica in hand, while the waitress came after with a water-pitcher.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Nan found some arnica with which she bathed the injured ankle, and then they helped their patient to undress and get into bed.
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
Billings soon came with arnica, plaster, and bandages, and roughly dressed his wound; but he gave him no information of their plans.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
There was an atmosphere of arnica and dejection in the house when we got there.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
I must go and put some arnica on Pa.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
I have doctored him up with arnica.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I'll get the witch-hazel and arnica and court-plaster.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Oh, she's laid up with arnica bandages around her throat.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
The change involves a saving in lint and arnica, but a loss of muscular development.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
All that is left for me is to offer the use of my witch-hazel and arnica.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Later, arnica was also required.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
The value attributed to witch-hazel and arnica is mainly due to the alcohol contained in their preparations.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Meantime, Mrs. Wimp was bathing Mr. Wimp's eye, and rubbing him generally with arnica.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
Mrs. Bull had to patch up his coat and give him some arnica and vaseline.
"The Casual Ward academic and other oddments" by A. D. Godley
I go back for arnica with which to bathe them.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
A tight bandage and an application of arnica.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
I'll get some arnica and a roll of linen mother always has me bring in case I get hurt.
"Marion Berkley" by Elizabeth B. Comins
According to our cosmogony, woman is compounded of three articles, sugar, tincture of arnica, and soft soap.
"Curiosities of Olden Times" by S. Baring-Gould

In news:

Arnica and calendula are tried-and-true natural remedies for bruises and muscle soreness , and they may help alleviate postworkout muscle fatigue.
Muscle Soreness Arnica, calendula, cherry, ginger, ice pack.

In science:

All data taken in the Ks -band filter were flux-calibrated using ARNICA (Hunt et al. 1998) K -band standard star photometry.
Constraints on the Lifetimes of Disks Resulting from Tidally Destroyed Rocky Planetary Bodies