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theriaca

Pronunciation: the-ri'a-ka

Definition: A mixture containing a great number of ingredients, used in the Middle Ages and believed to possess antidotal and curative powers to an almost miraculous degree.

[L. antidote to snake bite, fr. G. theriakos, pertaining to wild beasts]

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