basilicon

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Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek βασιλικόν (basilikón) (also in the form basilicum, via the Latin basilicum), the neuter form of βασιλικός (basilikós, royal) (basilicus in Latin), understood as in the phrase βασιλικόν φάρμακον (basilikón phármakon, royal drug).

Noun[edit]

basilicon (usually uncountable, plural basilicons)

  1. (archaic, medicine) Any of various ointments believed to have “sovereign” virtues.

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