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From etyl la vulnerarius, from vulnus ‘wound’.


  • a UK /ˈvʌlnəɹəɹi/


  1. Useful or used for healing wounds; healing, curative.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      Rebecca examined the wound, and having applied to it such vulnerary remedies as her art prescribed, informed her father that [...] there was nothing to fear for his guest’s life.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 422 (footnote):
      Take, for example, the famous vulnerary ointment attributed to Paracelsus.
  2. Causing wounds, wounding.


  1. A vulnerary substance.

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