pastille

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Borrowing from French.

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pastille (plural pastilles)

  1. A soft flavoured candy.
  2. A medicinal pill, originally compressed herbs. A throat pastille is a large candy-like lozenge, which, when sucked, releases oils to soothe a sore throat and sometimes vapors to help unblock the nose or sinuses.
  3. A small granular half spheroid piece of material.

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From Spanish pastilla (small roll of fragrant dough), from Latin pastellum (dough, paste), a diminutive form of pasta (dough, paste).

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pastille f (plural pastilles)

  1. (archaic) small roll of dough containing fragrant ingredients baked in order to perfume the air
  2. pastille, lozenge (medicinal or candy)
  3. lozenge-shaped figure in a design

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