from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an antidote to a poison, especially to the venom of a snake
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient composition esteemed efficacious against the effects of poison; especially, a certain compound of sixty-four drugs, prepared, pulverized, and reduced by means of honey to an electuary; -- called also theriaca Andromachi, and Venice treacle.
- n. Treacle; molasses.
- adj. Of or pertaining to theriac; medicinal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as theriacal.
- n. A composition regarded as efficacious against the bites of poisonous animals; particularly, theriaca Andromachi, or Venice treacle, which is a compound of sixty to seventy or more drugs, prepared, pulverized, and reduced by the agency of honey to an electuary.
Only the other day I found in it theriac, meaning an old-fashioned antidote to venomous bites, which I deduced must exist for The Times jumbo crossword.
And if someone has just asked for suggestions for the title of their latest book, or how pop-up books were made in the 1880s, or what were the ingredients of theriac a ‘cure’ for plague, you do, of course, feel duty bound to spend the morning helping out your friend rather than getting on with your work.
Gilchrist attended her shortly after with his little vial of theriac.
Canivet was about to administer some theriac, when they heard the cracking of a whip; all the windows rattled, and a post-chaise drawn by three horses abreast, up to their ears in mud, drove at a gallop round the corner of the market.
This and the _Sedums album_ and _reflexum_ were ingredients in a famous worm-expelling medicine, or _theriac_ (treacle), which conferred the title
Macedonia on foot, met the imperial personages, and prepared for them a medicine, for which he seems to have been famous, and which is spoken of as the _theriac_.
Therefore if you occasionally lapse into sin, do not lose heart and cease trying to advance, for God will draw good even out of our falls, like the merchant who sells theriac, who first takes poison, then the theriac, to prove the power of his elixir.
Venetians are to pay to the emissary of the Pasha of Travnik on his way to Zadar, how much velvet, how many loaves of sugar and how many pots of theriac must be provided for each member of his entourage; and in the same treaty it is laid down that the Turks are to give up all those who have deserted to them, yea even if they have become
The most famous panacea, which dated from Roman imperial times and was used as late as the eighteenth century, was theriac, a mixture consisting of numerous ingredients, among them being the flesh of vipers.
But we lawyers boil our theriac even nowadays and regard the most important study, the study of reality, with arrogance.