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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] unguentum (ointment), from unguō (smear with ointment), from Proto-Indo-European *ongw- (to salve).

Cognates include Old Prussian anctan, Old High German ancho, German anke (butter), Welsh ymenyn (butter).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
unguent

Plural
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  1. any cream containing medicinal ingredients applied to the skin for therapeutic purposes

Quotations

  • 1809-1812William Combe, Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
    "Alas!" said Syntax, "could I pop / Just now, upon a blacksmith's shop, / Whose cooling unguents would avail / To save poor Grizzle's ears and tail!"
  • 1853Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Golden Fleece
    So she put a golden box into his hand, and directed him how to apply the perfumed unguent which it contained, and where to meet her at midnight.
  • 1890Arthur Conan Doyle, A Literary Mosaic
    Thou knowest of old that my temper is somewhat choleric, and my tongue not greased with that unguent which oils the mouths of the lip-serving lords of the land.

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