• WordNet 3.6
    • n pastil a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pastil (Pharmacy) A small cone or mass made of paste of gum, benzoin, cinnamon, and other aromatics, -- used for fumigating or scenting the air of a room.
    • Pastil An aromatic or medicated lozenge, especially one used to soothe a sore throat; a troche.
    • Pastil See Pastel, a crayon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pastil A small roll of aromatic paste, composed of gum-benzoin, sandalwood, spices, charcoal-powder, etc., designed to be burned as a fumigator, disinfectant, etc.
    • n pastil A kind of sugared confection, usually of strong flavor, of a round flat shape, like peppermint-drops.
    • n pastil In art: A thin round cake of water-color, of French origin, in consistency between the old hard cake and the tube-color.
    • n pastil The method of painting with colors prepared as pastils, or a drawing produced by means of them.
    • n pastil In pyrotechny, a paper case filled with a burning composition, intended to cause the rotation of a wheel or similar object to the periphery of which it is attached, on the principle of the pin-wheel or catharine-wheel.
    • pastil To burn pastils; fumigate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pastil pas′til Same as Pastel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pastille, L. pastillus,a pastus food. See Pasture, and cf. Pastel


In literature:

She moved away, leaving the pastil on the dish.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
I tried every invention, went to bed reeking with turpentine, and burned evil-smelling pastiles.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
When burned it gives out a musky odor, and is often used in pastiles.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
After well beating in a mortar, the pastils are formed in shape with a pastil mould, and gradually dried.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
He lit one of the pastils, put the fire-screen in its place, and had a last look round.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Compliments exchanged, and a pastile lighted by Mrs Turnbull.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Also some pastiles had been burnt by Olga, and added a heavy, sensuous scent to the atmosphere.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Occasionally burning pastils in the room, or a roll of paper, is also useful.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
James Smith has left a few notes of his visit here: "Our host," he says, "lighted a perfumed pastile, modelled from Vesuvius.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
Poulou, pastile-sticks, and wooden-cups, are the three principal branches of industry which the Thibetians successfully prosecute.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Instead of hot glass, pastils of charcoal are sometimes employed for this purpose.
"The Methods of Glass Blowing and of Working Silica in the Oxy-Gas Flame" by W. A. Shenstone
It was not at all common in Brittany at that time, and the pastils much less sweet than our modern bon bons.
"A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick