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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from valeric acid

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  • adj. Valerianic; specifically, designating any one of three metameric acids, of which the typical one (called also inactive valeric acid), C4H9CO2H, is obtained from valerian root and other sources, as a corrosive, mobile, oily liquid, having a strong acid taste, and an odor of old cheese.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Derived from or related to valerian.


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From the plant valerian



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  • An expression of a valeric sense of a word, as described by Paul Valéry (using the dangerous word time as his example):

    I stop the word Time in its flight. This word was utterly limpid, precise, honest, and faithful in its service as long as it was part of a remark and was uttered by someone who wished to say something. But here it is, isolated, caught on the wing. It takes its revenge. It makes us believe that it has more meanings than uses. It was only a means, and it has become an end, the object of a terrible philosophical desire. It turns into an enigma, an abyss, a torment of thought...

    Paul Valéry: Poetry and Abstract thought. The Art of Poetry, page 55. Bollingen Foundation. New York. 1958.

    June 22, 2009