from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any preparation of a medicine mixed with honey or similar in order to make it more palatable to swallow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A medicine composed of powders, or other ingredients, incorporated with some convserve, honey, or sirup; a confection. See the note under confection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pharmacy, a medicine composed of powders or other ingredients, incorporated with some conserve, honey, or syrup, originally made in a form to be licked by the patient.
Middle English electuarie, from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably alteration of Greek ekleikton, from ekleikhein, to lick up : ek-, out; see eghs in Indo-European roots + leikhein, to lick; see leigh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin electuarium, from Ancient Greek ἐκλείκτον (ekleikton, "medicine which is licked away"), from ἐκλείχω (ekleikhō, "I lick up"), from ἐκ (ek, "out, from") + λείχω (leikhō, "I lick"). (Wiktionary)