Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or causing vomiting.
  • noun An emetic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Causing the ejection of matter from the stomach; emetic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Causing the ejection of matter from the stomach; emetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective medicine Inducing vomiting
  • noun medicine Something that induces vomiting

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

  • noun a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting

Etymologies

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From Late Latin vomitivus

Examples

  • When Termite discovers the words vomica, vomit, vomitive, vomitory, vomitorium, vomiturition, and vomitus in the dictionary, she comments that, Page 1,355 has got to be the best page of the dictionary ever.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • It is a most violent purge and often acts as a vomitive.

    One River

  • It is a most violent purge and often acts as a vomitive.

    One River

  • Even now, the very name of the gelatinous monsters who had come slurping Earthward from the general direction of the Coal Sack aroused vomitive memories.

    The Wind from The Sun

  • In the opinion of the Reverend John Clayton, Virginia doctors were so prone to associate all drugs with vomiting or other forms of purging that they even thought of aromatic spirits as an inferior "vomitive."

    Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699

  • But the Sulphur of Antimony which is vehemently vomitive, and the strongly scented Anodyne Sulphur of Vitriol inclines me to think that not only Mineral Sulphurs differ from Vegetable ones, but also from one another, retaining much of the nature of their Concretes.

    The Sceptical Chymist or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, Touching the Spagyrist's Principles Commonly call'd Hypostatical; As they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists. Whereunto is præmis'd Part of another Discourse relating to the same Subject.

  • One drop of the Florentine 'oglio di tobacco' being again given to a dog, it proved stupefying and vomitive, as before "(Birch's" History of the Royal Society, "vol, ii., pp. 42, 43).] drawn by one of the Society do the same effect, and is judged to be the same thing with the poyson both in colour and smell, and effect.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 35: May/June 1665

  • One drop of the Florentine 'oglio di tobacco' being again given to a dog, it proved stupefying and vomitive, as before "(Birch's" History of the Royal Society, "vol, ii., pp. 42, 43).] drawn by one of the Society do the same effect, and is judged to be the same thing with the poyson both in colour and smell, and effect.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • One drop of the Florentine 'oglio di tobacco' being again given to a dog, it proved stupefying and vomitive, as before "(Birch's" History of the Royal Society, "vol, ii., pp. 42, 43).] drawn by one of the Society do the same effect, and is judged to be the same thing with the poyson both in colour and smell, and effect.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete 1665 N.S.

  • One drop of the Florentine 'oglio di tobacco' being again given to a dog, it proved stupefying and vomitive, as before "(Birch's" History of the Royal Society, "vol, ii., pp. 42, 43).] drawn by one of the Society do the same effect, and is judged to be the same thing with the poyson both in colour and smell, and effect.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1665

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  • It's a real word! Defined as "...relating to or causing vomiting. A medicine that induces nausea and vomiting, an emetic."

    January 6, 2007