from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines.
- n. A drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relieving discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
- n. A drug or substance that induces the removal of gas from the digestive tract.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expelling wind from the body; warming; antispasmodic.
- n. A substance, esp. an aromatic, which tends to expel wind from the alimentary canal, or to relieve colic, griping, or flatulence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expelling, or having the quality of expelling, wind from the alimentary canal.
- n. A medicine which tends to expel wind, and to remedy colic and flatulence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing
- adj. relieving gas in the alimentary tract (colic or flatulence or griping)
In this connection it is interesting to note that, according to one authority, the word carminative, a remedy which relieves pain "like a charm," is derived from the Latin _carminare_, to use incantations.
Everything was in the word carminative -- a detailed, exact foreground, an immense, indefinite hinterland of suggestion.
From boyhood the romantic, poetically inclined hero, Denis Stone, found the word carminative particularly evocative.
Ginger can be classified as a carminative in addition to an antiflammatory and diaphoretic herb.
It's a great idea to add lots to your food as black pepper is what is known as a carminative, a substance that helps prevent intestinal gas from forming (and, in turn, flatulence), and anything that can help in that department has to be a bonus.
The medical term "carminative," a comforting medicine, really means a charm medicine, and has the same derivation.
I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant.
Later, when I discovered alcohol, 'carminative' described for me that similar, but nobler, more spiritual glow which wine evokes not only in the body but in the soul as well.
Recently, for example, I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant.
'carminative' described for me that similar, but nobler, more spiritual glow which wine evokes not only in the body but in the soul as well.
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