Monday, February 2, 2009

Unguent

Suggested by Kris F.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.

Examples:
"He rubbed the unguent on her leg."
"The doctor prescribed me some unguent for my infection."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'ointment, early 15c., from Latin unguentem 'ointment,' from stem of unguere 'to anoint or smear with ointment,' from PIE root *ongw- 'to salve, anoint' (cf. Sanskrit anakti 'anoints, smears,' Armenian aucanem 'I anoint,' Old Prussian anctan 'butter,' Old High German ancho, German anke 'butter,' Old Irish imb, Welsh ymenyn 'butter')."

Awkwardness rating: 8

Unguent looks about as awkward as it sounds! (frugallysustainable.com)

1 comment:

  1. who uses this word?? i have never heard it used in real life before!

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