July 3rd, 2014

words are sexy

Thursday word: embrocation

embrocation (em-broh-KAY-shuhn) - n., a liniment or ointment.


Also, the act of rubbing an injury or bruise with same (embrocate is the verb) but that's not as beautiful a meaning. Swiped like a quack who likes another mountebank's remedy in the 15th century from Middle French embrocacion, from Medieval Latin embrocation, from Latin embrocare, to rub with lotion, from Greek embroche, lotion, from en- + brechein, to wet.

The locker room was redolent of perspiration and lingering embrocations.

---L.