American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing or tending to cause sneezing.
- n. A sternutatory substance, such as pepper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing or tending to cause sneezing.
- n. Anything which causes sneezing, as snuff; an errhine.
- adj. That causes or induces sneezing; sternutative.
- n. Any substance that causes sneezing; a sternutator
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sternutative.
- n. a chemical substance that causes sneezing and coughing and crying
- adj. tending to cause sneezing
- adj. causing sneezing
- From Latin sternūtātōrius, from sternuō ("sneeze"). (Wiktionary)
“To procure the expulsion of the secundines, apply a sternutatory, and shut the nostrils and mouth.”
“He had seen me in a tandem, and at that moment was seized with a violent fit of sneezing — (sternutatory paroxysm he called it) — at the conclusion of which I was a mile down the Woodstock Road.”
“Somebody on this planet had a gas which was a regurgi-tant, a sternutatory, and a vesicant all in one.”
“Now the first account is suspiciously like a book-story of Oriental hashish-taking. -- the second has no implication of smoking at all, while the third describes nothing but the process of taking a sternutatory.”
“She is a regular old tub of a boat; the cabins are profitably fitted with three beds in each, one above the other; the consequence is, that if you wish to sneeze at night, you must turn on your side, or you'll break your nose against the bed above you in the little jerk that usually accompanies the sternutatory process.”
“Pizarro found chewers in Peru, but it was in the country discovered by Cabral that the great sternutatory was originally found.”
“Stewart in his admirable paper on snuff gives much useful information in regard to the universal custom of using it as well as its origin and distinguished uses of the great sternutatory.”
“The chief sternutatory compound, diphenylchlorarsine, although not volatile, could also be used in this way, for, being a solid and in a very finely pulverised state, its presence on the ground was not a distinct danger, and it invited chemical decomposition.”
“They were mostly arsenic compounds and were not only sternutatory but also toxic, producing the after effects of arsenic poisoning.”
“By altering the construction of the 10.5 c.m. universal shell for light field howitzers, the ` N. i 'projectile was created in the form of 10.5 c.m. shrapnel, the bullets of which were embedded in a sternutatory powder (double salts of dianisidine) well stamped down, instead of an explosive.”
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