Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of medicining or curing; medicinal; healing; wholesome.

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

  • adjective obsolete Medicinal; having the power of healing.

Etymologies

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From Anglo-Norman medicinable, Middle French medicinable, or their source, Late Latin medicinabilis, from Latin medicīna.

Examples

  • Apothecaries, being there noted to be very medicinable against the stone in the reins: These be a part of the commendations which some

    The Compleat Angler

  • And it is observed by Gesner, that the bones, and hearts, & gals of Pikes are very medicinable for several Diseases, as to stop bloud, to abate Fevers, to cure Agues, to oppose or expel the infection of the Plague, and to be many wayes medicinable and useful for the good of mankind; but that the biting of a Pike is venemous and hard to be cured.

    The Compleat Angler

  • Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him, and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine.

    Much Ado About Nothing

  • In these sandes is founde Momia, which is the fleshe of such men as are drowned in these sandes, and there dryed by the heate of the sunne: so that those bodyes are preserued from putrifaction by the drynesse of the sand; and therefore that drye fleshe is esteemed medicinable. 23

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • For when the use of wine was first found out, it was taken for a thing medicinable, and not used for a common drinke, and was to be found rather in apothecaries 'shops than in tavernes.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 348, December 27, 1828

  • "_Pingit et in varios terrestria sydera flores_," [4] and variety of curious and costly workmanship, but also with rare and medicinable herbs sought up in the land within these forty years: so that, in comparison of this present, the ancient gardens were but dunghills and laistowes, [5] to such as did possess them.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • They have no less regard in like sort to cherish medicinable herbs fetched out of other regions nearer hand, insomuch that I have seen in some one garden to the number of three hundred or four hundred of them, if not more, of the half of whose names within forty years past we had no manner of knowledge.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • And vppon the toppe of the Chariot, was placed a stoole of green Iasper, set in siluer: needfull in byrth, and medicinable for chastitie; at the foote it was sixe square, and growing smaller towarde the seate, and from the middle to the foote, champhered and furrowed, and vpward wrought with nextrulles: the seate whereof was somewhat hallowed, for the more easily sitting vppon it.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him, and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine.

    Act II. Scene II. Much Ado about Nothing

  • They have no less regard in like sort to cherish medicinable herbs fetched out of other regions nearer hand, insomuch that I have seen in some one garden to the number of there hundred or four hundred of them, if not more, of the half of whose names within forty years past we had no manner of knowledge.

    Of Gardens and Orchards. Chapter III. [1587, Book II., Chapter 20

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