unguent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n unguent semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
    • n Unguent A lubricant or salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.☞ An unguent is stiffer than a liniment, but softer than a cerate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unguent Any soft composition used as an ointment or for lubrication.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unguent ung′gwent ointment
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. unguentum, from unguere, ungere, to anoint: cf. F. onguent,. See Ointment, and cf. Unction Unctuous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. unguentumunguĕre, to anoint.

Usage

In literature:

A word in reference to the unguents with which you have just been rubbed.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
By dint of the application of various unguents, and a vast amount of hard scrubbing, Captain Holland restored his face to its original hue.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
A minute sufficed to extract a portion of the unguent-like substance.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Then, with my unguent finger tips, Touch twice and once on cheeks and lips.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
Pliny has described the various unguents used by wealthy and luxurious Romans.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
Of the same materials also an odoriferous unguent was found.
"The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis" by Xenophon
For rubbing sweet unguents on his body Rs.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
She sleeps on the floor, she does no longer use unguents or perfumes.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
The use of baths, unguents, etc., by the young wife, however serviceable they might prove, is obviously impracticable.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
And he hath kept him well, with washes and unguents.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

If neither palaces nor robes
Nor unguents nor expensive toddy
Insure Contentment's soothing bliss,
Why should I build an edifice
Where Envy comes to fret a body?
"In Praise Of Contentment" by Eugene Field

In news:

Friday is Friday, thank God, the night to forget the week's myriad disappointments with a post-vocational program of alcohol, bar food, loud music, and other spiritual unguents.
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