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poultice (n.)

16c. alteration of Middle English pultes (late 14c.), ultimately from Latin pultes, plural of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.2)).

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Definitions of poultice from WordNet
1
poultice (v.)
dress by covering with a therapeutic substance;
Synonyms: plaster
2
poultice (n.)
a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.;
Synonyms: cataplasm / plaster
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