from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A salve for soothing or healing; an ointment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any cream containing medicinal ingredients applied to the skin for therapeutic purposes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lubricant or salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any soft composition used as an ointment or for lubrication.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
Middle English, from Latin unguentum, from unguere, to anoint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin unguentum ("ointment"), from unguō ("smear with ointment"), from Proto-Indo-European *ongw- (“to salve”). (Wiktionary)