from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a preparation of mercury from which is formed the blue pill.
- n. See under Blue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drug made by rubbing up metallic mercury with confection of roses until all the globules disappear. Of this blue-pills are made.
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Loring and George took some calomel and blue mass last night (Mr. Duvall's prescription also) and Loring has taken quinine today, neither of them has had a chill and are much better this evening.