from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cone or mass made of paste of gum, benzoin, cinnamon, and other aromatics, -- used for fumigating or scenting the air of a room.
  • n. An aromatic or medicated lozenge, especially one used to soothe a sore throat; a troche.
  • n. See Pastel, a crayon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burn pastils; fumigate.
  • n. A small roll of aromatic paste, composed of gum-benzoin, sandalwood, spices, charcoal-powder, etc., designed to be burned as a fumigator, disinfectant, etc.
  • n. A kind of sugared confection, usually of strong flavor, of a round flat shape, like peppermint-drops.
  • n. In art: A thin round cake of water-color, of French origin, in consistency between the old hard cake and the tube-color.
  • n. The method of painting with colors prepared as pastils, or a drawing produced by means of them.
  • n. In pyrotechny, a paper case filled with a burning composition, intended to cause the rotation of a wheel or similar object to the periphery of which it is attached, on the principle of the pin-wheel or catharine-wheel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat


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