Definitions

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  • n. A kind of plaster, said to have been invented by Mindererus, used for external injuries.
  • n. A saponaceous, camphorated liniment; a solution of soap in alcohol, with the addition of camphor and essential oils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of plaster, said to have been invented by Mindererus, -- used for external injuries.
  • n. A saponaceous, camphorated liniment; a solution of soap in alcohol, with the addition of camphor and essential oils; soap liniment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plaster said to have been invented by Mindererus.
  • n. A saponaceous camphorated liniment; a solution of soap in alcohol with the addition of camphor and essential oils: hence sometimes called soap-liniment.

Etymologies

So called by Paracelsus. The first syllable may be from Ancient Greek for "vegetable juice". (Wiktionary)

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  • And when poor Jerry, for lack of other interest, fancied that his health was giving way mysteriously, and brought home a bottle of strong liquor to be used in case of sickness, and placed it conveniently in the shed, Mrs. Lane locked it up in the small chimney cupboard where she kept her camphor bottle and the opodeldoc and the other family medicines.
    --Sarah Orne Jewett, 1886, Marsh Rosemary

    January 28, 2010