collyrium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n collyrium lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Collyrium (Med) An application to the eye, usually an eyewater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n collyrium Eye-wash, or a salve for the eyes.
    • n collyrium A preparation to blacken or color the eyelids and eyebrows.
    • n collyrium A preparation of medicine in a solid state, made up in a long cylindrical roll so as to be introduced into an opening of the body, as the anus, nostril, etc.; a suppository.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Collyrium ko-lir′i-um a term for various kinds of eye-salve or eye-wash.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kollyrion, eye-salve, dim. of kollyra, a roll of bread.

Usage

In literature:

A weak solution of opium forms a valuable collyrium in ophthalmia.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Kohl (antimony, collyrium), 254, 266, 273.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
If you committed a sinful act, it would be a blot on your fair name, as a drop of collyrium on a white cloth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The eyes are painted with collyrium and the feet with red dye.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
I will pray for you; the dust of your path shall be collyrium for my eyes.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Great men are thus a collyrium to clear our eyes from egotism, and enable us to see other people and their works.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
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