from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ointment named from its supposed “sovereign” virtues.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An ointment composed of wax, pitch, resin, and olive oil, lard, or other fatty substance.

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  • noun archaic, medicine Any of various ointments believed to have “sovereign” virtues.


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From the Ancient Greek βασιλικόν (basilikon; in the form basilicum, via the Latin basilicum), the neuter form of βασιλικός (basilikos, “royal”; basilicus in Latin), understood as in the phrase βασιλικόν φάρμακον (basilikon pharmakon, "royal drug").


  • "basilicon," or royal, probably because used of old in some regal unguent, or bath, or medicine.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • * Ung [uentum] Basilic [um] Flav [um] (Yellow basilicon ointment) 10 lb.

    Drug Supplies in the American Revolution

  • The groove made is filled with basilicon ointment, [A] and the coronet stimulated with a cantharides ointment, In this way there is induced to grow from the coronet a new wall of nearly normal dimensions.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • The doctor who attended him -- a very scientific man -- informed me that the bullet entered the parallelogram of his diaphragmatic thorax, superinducing hemorrhage in the outer cuticle of his basilicon thaumaturgist.

    Initial Studies in American Letters

  • If suppuration seems to be established and the swelling assumes the character of a developing abscess, hot poultices of flaxseed or of boiled vegetables and the embrocations of sedative ointments, those of basilicon, or vaseline, impregnated with preparations of opium or belladonna -- all these recommend themselves by their general adaptation and the beneficial results which have followed their administration, not less in one case than in another.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • To these they added some eye-water, some basilicon, and a few small tin boxes in which phosphorus had been kept.

    First Across the Continent; The Story of The Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804-5-6

  • Captain Clark, therefore, opened the abscess, introduced a tent, and dressed it with basilicon.

    First Across the Continent; The Story of The Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804-5-6

  • C. opened the absess introduced a tent and dressed it with basilicon; I prepared some dozes of the flour of sulpher and creem of tarter which were given with directions to be taken on each morning.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • However that was, he sent for basilicon and sugar to dress the wound, in hopes she might at least recover so far as to declare there was no malice between them, but those endeavours were in vain, for she never spoke after.

    Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed

  • Colter and Bratton were permitted to visit the indian villages today for the purpose of trading for roots and bread, they were fortunate and made a good return. we gave the indian cheif another sweat today, continuing it as long as he could possibly bear it; in the evening he was very languid but appeared still to improve in the use of his limbs. the child is recovering fast the inflamation has subsided intirely, we discontinued the poltice, and applyed a plaster of basilicon; the part is still considerably swolen and hard. in the evening R. Feilds Shannon and Labuish return from the chaise and brought with them five deer and

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806


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