poultice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v poultice dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
    • n poultice a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Poultice A soft composition, as of bread, bran, or a mucilaginous substance, to be applied to sores, inflamed parts of the body, etc.; a cataplasm. "Poultice relaxeth the pores."
    • v. t Poultice To apply a poultice to; to dress with a poultice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n poultice A soft and usually warm mass of meal, bread, herbs, or the like, used as an emollient application to sores, inflamed parts of the body, etc.; a cataplasm.
    • poultice To cover with a poultice; apply poultices to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Poultice pōl′tis a soft composition of meal, bran, &c. applied to sores
    • v.t Poultice to put a poultice upon
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. puls, pl. pultes, a thick pap; akin to Gr. po`ltos. Cf. Pulse seeds

Usage

In literature:

It's like the poultice Aunt Cindy made for Walkah's toothache.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He called her 'Miss,' too, an' I judged that 'Miss' was one o' them poultice words to her.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
See that you keep the kettle boiling for the poultices.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
Garlic and Onion poultice applied to the outside.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Relief is sought in salves, ointments, and poultices.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
Afterward they put on the wounds a poultice of herbs, to cure the wounds in due time.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
She brought him linen for his poultices; she comforted and encouraged him.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
M. M. Venesection, poultices, cathartics, spice, cold bath, and sorbentia.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
It is possible: a tender skin need not be afraid of blistering under such a soothing poultice.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Poultices are then continued.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Have you poulticed that foot, Anania?
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
I'll go fix you one of those dandy spice poultices.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
I've made a meal poultice.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
And a poultice or something on her chest, I reckon.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
It is time to prepare a fresh poultice for Daoud's wound.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
She is a soothing little milk-poultice and I can bear nothing else.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Now, Merry, fix up a good strong salt poultice.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
When this is effected, cover the wound with a soothing poultice, as one made of slippery elm bark.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
When he had completed his scanty meal, he made a poultice for his eyes from the tea-leaves, and bound it in place.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
I assure you, you had better apply the bread-and-water poultice, and send for Mr.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
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In poetry:

It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it's a poultice.
You have an eye, it's an image.
My boy, it's your last resort.
Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.
"The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath
What is so real as the cry of a child?
A rabbit's cry may be wilder
But it has no soul.
Sugar can cure everything, so Kindness says.
Sugar is a necessary fluid,
Its crystals a little poultice.
"Kindness" by Sylvia Plath
Singing light and gentle hands, and a nurse who understands
How to manage every sort of application,
From a poultice to a leech; whom you haven't got to teach
The way to make a poppy fomentation.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British
But hark! the air again is still,
The music all is ground,
And silence, like a poultice, comes
To heal the blows of sound;
It cannot be,—­it is,—­it is,—­
A hat is going round!
"The Music-Grinders" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The American Indians first discovered that witch hazel bark, boiled into a tea or mixed with animal fats into a poultice, has therapeutic qualities.
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