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  • n. The superstitious practice of applying a salve, ointment, or chrism to a weapon that has caused an injury — rather than to the injury itself — in the belief that doing so will heal the wound that the weapon caused; weapon salve.

Etymologies

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Formed as hopl- (“weapon”) +‎ -o- + chrism ("consecrated oil mingled with balm”, “unguent"); equivalent to the Ancient Greek ὅπλον (hoplon, "weapon") + χρῖσμα (khrisma, "salve").

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