hiera picra

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New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἱερός (hierós, sacred) + πίκρα (píkra, bitter antidote).


hiera picra (uncountable)

  1. (pharmacology, now historical) A warming cathartic medicine made from aloes and canella.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 77:
      His hiera picra formula called for aloes, spices and herbs; the compound was made into an electuary.