Definitions

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

  • adj. Used in the healing or treating of wounds.
  • n. A remedy used in healing or treating wounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Useful or used for healing wounds; healing, curative.
  • adj. (rare) Causing wounds, wounding.
  • n. A healing drug or other agent used in healing and treating wounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Useful in healing wounds; adapted to the cure of external injuries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing wounds.
  • Useful in healing wounds; adapted to the cure of external injuries: as, vulnerary plants or potions.
  • n. pl. vulneraries (-riz.). A remedy applied to wounds to favor their healing.

Etymologies

Latin vulnerārius, from vulnus, vulner-, wound; see vulnerable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vulnerārius, from vulnus ("wound"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And then the feelings of the younger Countess, when compelled to hold the kerchief to the wound, while her aunt sought in their baggage for some vulnerary remedy, were mingled at once with a sense of delicacy and embarrassment, a thrill of pity for the patient, and of gratitude for his services, which exaggerated, in her eyes, his good mien and handsome features.

    Quentin Durward

  • The pocket which the knight wore under his armour, capable of containing but few things, had, however, some vulnerary balsam, for which its owner had often occasion, a little lint, and a small roll of linen; these the knight took out, and motioned to the animal to hold forth his wounded hand.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Capable of being voiced or spoken. vulnery I couldn't find "vulnery" specifically, but I may have misspelled it when I jotted it down in my notes and really meant "vulnerary,"which means having to do with wounds.

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  • Rebecca examined the wound, and having applied to it such vulnerary remedies as her art prescribed, informed her father that if fever could be averted, of which the great bleeding rendered her little apprehensive, and if the healing balsam of

    Ivanhoe

  • In the man who had been shot with a musket ball through the fleshy part of his arm, the wound seemed to be so well digested, and in so fair a way of being perfectly healed, that if Mr. Cook had not known that no application had been made to it, he declared that he certainly should have inquired, with a very interested curiosity, after the vulnerary herbs and surgical art of the country.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • Agrimony was at one time included in the London _Materia Medica_ as a vulnerary herb.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • It has derived these names from the consolidating and vulnerary qualities attributed to the plant, from _confirmo_, to strengthen together, or the French, _comfrie_.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • This may be given beneficially for chronic catarrhs of the lungs, the bowels, or the urinary passages, Dr. Tuthill Massy considered the St. John's Wort, by virtue of its healing properties for injuries of the spinal cord, and its dependencies, the vulnerary "arnica" of the organic nervous system.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • It was formerly applied to raw indolent ulcers as a glutinous astringent, and most useful vulnerary.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • By virtue of its properties as a vulnerary it has also been called

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

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