Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name formerly given to saffron.
- n. A chemical preparation concocted by Paracelsus, used as a remedy for urinary calculus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A barbarous word used by the old chemists to designate various medical remedies.
- Contraction of aroma philosophorum, from Latin. (Wiktionary)
“V., whose head was full of the aroph, asked her neighbour, who gave himself out for a great chemist, if he knew it.”
“I feared I had promised more than I could perform, and I should not be able to make any abatement without hazarding, not the success of the aroph, but the bliss I had taken such pains to win.”
“All the same I said nothing about the aroph or the share I had taken in its exhibition.”
“The end of this apparatus was to be well anointed with aroph, and as it only acted at a moment of uterine excitement it was necessary to apply it with the same movement as that of coition.”
“I thought the time a good one for introducing the aroph of Paracelsus, which I assured her was an infallible means of attaining the end she desired; but whilst I was singing the praises of this application the idea came into my head to say that, to be absolutely certain, it was necessary for the aroph to be mingled with semen which had not lost its natural heat.”
“Then she asked me if the aroph took much time to make.”
““The aroph,” said I, “is the most powerful agent for bringing on menstruation.””
“V. to make use of my specific I would use nothing but honey, so the composition of the aroph would not be a very complicated process.”
“Do not think any more of my lover; but supposing I made up my mind to receive the aroph from another, tell me how it could be done.”
“Her modesty had now been replaced by confidence, and as she was looking at the aroph fitted in its place, she shewed me with her pretty finger very evident signs of her co-operation in the work.”
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