from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Vesicant.
  • n. A vesicant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing blistering.
  • n. An agent that causes blistering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending, or having power, to raise a blister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Vesicant; epispastic: as, a vesicatory beetle.
  • n. pl. vesicatories (-riz). An irritating substance applied to the skin for the purpose of causing a blister.

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

  • n. a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)
  • adj. causing blisters


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  • WHY??

    June 26, 2009

  • (n): an irritating plaster or ointment designed to raise blisters on the skin.

    From Tobias Smollet's 1762 satire, "The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves".

    June 26, 2009