from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A worthless preparation fraudulently peddled as a cure for many ills.
- noun Speech or writing intended to deceive; humbug.
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- noun A
traditional Chinese medicineused to treat jointpain.
- noun A type of 19th century
patent medicinesold in the United Statesthat claimed to contain snake fat, supposedly a Native Americanremedy for various ailments.
- noun idiomatic A
fraudulent, ineffective potionor nostrum; panacea.
- noun idiomatic Any product with
exaggerated marketingbut questionableor unverifiablequality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (medicine) any of various liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless
- noun communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
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