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- n. theriac
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as theriac.
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The English term treacle comes via the French triacle from the Latin theriaca, meaning antidotes against poison.
It is recorded that the philosopher Eudemius was successfully treated by Galen for a severe illness caused by an overdose of theriaca, and that the treatment employed was the same drug in small doses.
Shakespeare; you have mentioned theriaca; and I, without thinking of this line, quoted our Lord's words.
Chaucer brings the two together, for the word triacle is merely a corruption of theriaca, the unfailing cure for every thing.
Opiates and glysters had no effect, till repeated hot baths, and plasters of theriaca applied on his stomach, had relieved his body and intestines.
Garth, speaking of the mischiefs done by quacks, has these expressions: "Non tamen telis vulnerat ista agyrtarum colluvies, sed theriaca quadam magis perniciosa; non pyrio, sed pulvere nescio quo exotico certat; non globulis plumbeis, sed pilulis aeque lethalibus interficit."
"Non tamen telis vulnerat ista agyrtarum colluvies, sed theriaca quadam magis perniciosa, non pyrio, sed pulvere nescio quo exotico certat, non globulis plumbeis, sed pilulis aeque lethalibus interficit."
_theriaca_, the great panacea of our ancestors, which was one of the principal branches of Venetian commerce.
When it is desired to give an aged appearance to the tree, it is constantly moistened with theriaca or treacle, which attracts to it multitudes of ants, who not content with devouring the sweetmeat, attack the bark of the tree, and eat it away in such a manner as to produce the desired effect. "
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