Definitions

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  • n. The shot of an arquebus.
  • n. A distilled water from a variety of aromatic plants, such as rosemary, millefoil, etc., originally used as a vulnerary in gunshot wounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The shot of an arquebus.
  • n. A distilled water from a variety of aromatic plants, as rosemary, millefoil, etc.; -- originally used as a vulnerary in gunshot wounds.

Etymologies

French arquebusade shot of an arquebus; eau d'arquebusade a vulnerary for gunshot wounds. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hope you take great care of your mouth and teeth, and that you clean them well every morning with a sponge and tepid water, with a few drops of arquebusade water dropped into it; besides washing your mouth carefully after every meal, I do insist upon your never using those sticks, or any hard substance whatsoever, which always rub away the gums, and destroy the varnish of the teeth.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • In France the _eau de arquebusade_ is still applied for sprains and bruises, being carefully made from many aromatic herbs.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • This herb formed an ingredient of the genuine arquebusade water, as prepared against wounds inflicted by an arquebus, or hand-gun, and it was mentioned by Philip de Comines in his account of the battle of Morat, 1476.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • A rattling arquebusade was poured in upon them as they struggled in the narrow doorway.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 12: 1567, part I

  • His lordship, who was a humane man, was somewhat moved by this appeal to his remaining senses, and he began roaring as loud as he possibly could for arquebusade.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 03

  • His lordship, who was a humane man, was somewhat moved by this appeal to his remaining senses, and he began roaring as loud as he possible could for arquebusade.

    Belinda

  • My fall, for which you so kindly concern yourself, was not worth mentioning; for as I only bruised the muscles of my side, instead of breaking a rib, camphire infused in arquebusade took off the pain and all consequences in five or six days: and one has no right to draw on the compassion of others for what one has suffered and is past.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

  • That MRS GLEETY had exhausted her supply of Dr Gillespie's Powders but was able to revive MR THUBB with a draught of arquebusade-water from a canister within her handbag.

    Hooting Yard

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