Definitions

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  • adj. conducive to safety or salvation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bringing health; healthy; salutary; beneficial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Health-bearing; remedial; medicinal: as, the salutiferous qualities of herbs.

Etymologies

From the Latin adjective salūtifer, “bearing health, health-giving”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Much chattering and jangling therefore there was among jars, and bottles, and vials, ere the Doctor produced the salutiferous potion which he recommended so strongly, and a search equally long and noisy followed, among broken cans and cracked pipkins, ere he could bring forth a cup out of which to drink it.

    The Abbot

  • A younger sister represented Titania; and two or three subordinate elves were selected, among families attending the salutiferous fountain, who were easily persuaded to let their children figure in fine clothes at so juvenile an age, though they shook their head at Miss Digges and her pantaloons, and no less at the liberal display of

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Physicians were instantly called, I was plentifully blooded in the foot, my lower extremities were bathed in a decoction of salutiferous herbs: in ten hours after I was taken ill I enjoyed a critical sweat, and next day felt the remains of the distemper, but an agreeable lassitude, which did not hinder me from getting up.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Lily of the Valley, Violet, Tuberose, Pink, Julip and Jonquil, cloath'd their spacious Roots, and the verdant Soil afforded every salutiferous

    A Voyage to Cacklogallinia With a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of That Country

  • How call you the quack of a doctor, who at this moment catches a glimpse of the reality, and for the first time in his life takes occasion to prescribe a reasonable recipe, to give a drug which cures to the very heart, and is at once salutiferous and savoury?

    Chapter X. Book VIII

  • Poets sing; Surely it must needs be salutiferous, because so many sagacious, and the wittiest sort of Nations use it so much; as they who have conversed with Shashes and Turbants doe well know.

    All About Coffee

  • One of the company took the other side, maintaining that medicines of various sorts, and some too of most powerful effect, are introduced into the human frame by the medium of the pores; and, therefore, when warm water is impregnated with salutiferous substances, it may produce great effects as a bath.

    Life Of Johnson

  • The prodigious crops of hellebore with which this whole island abounded did not only furnish them with incomparable tea, snuff, and Hungary water, but impregnated the air of the country with such sober and salutiferous steams as very much comforted the heads and refreshed the senses of all that breathed in it.

    English Satires

  • Let the spirit and the pure and salutiferous substance of my work on the

    Dona Perfecta

  • Titania; and two or three subordinate elves were selected, among families attending the salutiferous fountain, who were easily persuaded to let their children figure in fine clothes at so juvenile an age, though they shook their head at Miss Digges and her pantaloons, and no less at the liberal display of Lady Binks's right leg, with which the

    St. Ronan's Well

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  • Re: the coffee bean: "As for this salutiferous berry, of so general a use through all the regions of the east, it is sufficiently known, when prepared, to be moderately hot, and of a very drying attenuating and cleansing quality; whence reason infers, that its decoction must contain many good physical properties, and cannot but be an incomparable remedy to dissolve crudities, comfort the brain, and dry up ill humors in the stomach."
    Coffee-Houses Vindicated, 1675, seen here.

    January 3, 2011

  • A fancy way to say salutary.

    November 20, 2007