from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any preparation of a medicine mixed with honey or similar in order to make it more palatable to swallow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A medicine composed of powders, or other ingredients, incorporated with some convserve, honey, or sirup; a confection. See the note under confection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pharmacy, a medicine composed of powders or other ingredients, incorporated with some conserve, honey, or syrup, originally made in a form to be licked by the patient.
Maijûn, a kind of electuary, in which both men and women indulge to excess.
“Very weakly, sir, since I took the electuary,” answered the patient; “it neighboured ill with the two spoonfuls of pease-porridge and the kirnmilk.”
Now there was in the bazar a man who was Deputy Syndic of the brokers and was given to the use of opium and electuary and green hashish. 28 He was called Shaykh Mohammed Samsam and being poor he used to wish Shams al-Din good morrow every day.
Take of my electuary with a spoon after supping, and wash it down with a sherbet made of rose conserve; but first sup off mutton and house pigeon plentifully seasoned and hotly spiced.
She did his bidding and, when she served up the meats, he ate the evening meal, after which he called for the bowl and ate of the electuary.
The European equivalent, “Venice treacle,” (Theriaca Andromachi) is an electuary containing many elements.
Fernelius and others; diasena, diapolypodium, diacassia, diacatholicon, Wecker's electuary de Epithymo, Ptolemy's hierologadium, of which divers receipts are daily made.
Having cut some bulbs or squill, boil in water, and when well boiled, throw this away, and having poured in more water, boil until it appear to the touch soft and well-boiled; then triturate finely and mix roasted cumin, and white sesames, and young almonds pounded in honey, form into an electuary and give; and afterwards sweet wine.
He invented an electuary for the cure of fluxes, and in 1730, in The Danger of
Trikatu is another traditional Ayurvedic electuary commonly made and used by people living near water.