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  • n. Plural form of electuary.

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Examples

  • These electuaries are usually prepared with “Charas,” or gum of hemp, collected by hand or by passing a blanket over the plant in early morning, and it is highly intoxicating.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Presently the news of her sickness came to the King; so he sent her sherbets and sugar electuaries.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • If it be quinsy or any other of the pleuritic affections, purge with electuaries; but if the patient be weaker, or if you abstract more blood, you may administer a clyster every third day, until he be out of danger, and enjoin total abstinence if necessary.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • These politic enclosures for paltry mutton, makes more rebellion in the flesh, than all the provocative electuaries doctors have uttered since last jubilee.

    The White Devil

  • Herbal electuaries are sweetened combinations of herbs made by blending powdered herbs with enough honey to form a thick paste.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • John goes thither and has sought till he found her, and he imparts to her how greatly he desires her to come; never let any excuse detain her; for Fenice and Cliges summon her to a tower where they await her; for Fenice is sore mishandled, and she must come provided with salves and electuaries, and let her know that the lady will live no longer if she succour her not speedily.

    Cligés. English

  • The effect of the foul odors of the ship may be combatted by the use of aromatic electuaries, "which comfort the heart, the brain and the stomach."

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • Clysters he prated on; electuaries; troches; the weed that the Gael of him called _slanlus_ or

    Doom Castle

  • Apothecaries employ this conserve in the preparing of electuaries, and as a basis for pills.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Henceforward the curtain of oblivion must fall on cordial waters distilled mechanically from sweet herbs, and on electuaries artlessly compounded of seeds and roots by a Lady

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

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  • "Then as now, sugar disguised the bitter taste of medicine, but it was also useful as a way of preserving the often volatile ingredients of drugs. Medicines were combined with sugar and by heating and cooling rendered into a variety of textures: gummy, hard, paste-like, soft, or chewy. These sugared preparations, known as 'electuaries,' are the origin of candy and many similar confections combining sugar and spice."

    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 13.

    October 9, 2017