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n. pl. e·lec·tu·ar·ies
A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.

[Middle English electuarie, from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably alteration of Greek ekleikton, from ekleikhein, to lick up : ek-, out; see eghs in Indo-European roots + leikhein, to lick; see leigh- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -aries
(Medicine) archaic a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey
[C14: from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably from Greek ēkleikton electuary, from ekleikhein to lick out, from leikhein to lick]


(ɪˈlɛk tʃuˌɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
confection (def. 6).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin elect(u)ārium a medicinal lozenge, alter. of Greek ekleiktón lozenge, neuter v. adj. of ekleíchein to lick up]


a preparation consisting of pulverized medication mixed with honey.
See also: Drugs
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They contained such objects and substances as consecrated hosts, cosmetics (quicksilver, rouge, white lead), electuaries, herbs and spices, jewelry, locks of hair, medicinal oils and unguents, perfumes and fragrant resins (ambergris, balsam, civet, mastic, musk, myrrh), poison, stones, tar (pitch), victuals, and water; in figurative terms, they could also house anguish, evils, and memories.
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