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From Latin collȳrium, from Ancient Greek κολλύριον (kollúrion, poultice).



collyrium (plural collyria or collyriums)

  1. A lotion or liquid wash used as a cleanser for the eyes; an eye-salve.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.2.6.ii:
      Democritus' collyrium is not so sovereign to the eyes as this is to the heart […].
  2. Loosely, any product applied to or around the eyes; kohl.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 44
      [] there were rings of collyrium about her eyes.




collȳrium n (genitive collȳriī); second declension

  1. eye-salve
  2. pessary, suppository


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative collȳrium collȳria
genitive collȳriī collȳriōrum
dative collȳriō collȳriīs
accusative collȳrium collȳria
ablative collȳriō collȳriīs
vocative collȳrium collȳria


  • collyrium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • collyrium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • collyrium” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • collyrium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • collyrium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin