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chained_bear commented on the word thebaic
"... prepared a hot, a very hot poultice, clapped it on and hurried out into the town, returning with a phial of Thebaic tincture."--P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 171A Sea of Words: "Of or derived from opium. The name refers to Thebes, an ancient Egyptian city, because Egypt was the source of the best opium. Thebaic tincture=laudanum." (p. 436)
March 25, 2008