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21 November 2010 @ 04:21 pm
Apothecary - Word of the Day from Friday  
apothecary

({schwa}{sm}p{rfa}{vdftheta}{shti}k{schwa}r{shti} )  Forms: 4-6 apotecary, -rie, 4-7 apothecarie, 5 apotiquare, -ry, apotecarye, -tycary, appotecary, appoticary, 6 -thecarie, apothicarie, -ticary, 4- apothecary. Aphet. 4-5 potecary(e, -carie, 5 -kary, 5-6 potycary(e, 6 -ticary, -rie, 7 pottecary, -icary, 8 pothecary. [a. OFr. apotecaire, apoticaire (13th c. in Littré):{em}late L. apoth{emac}c{amac}rius store-keeper, f. apoth{emac}ca : see APOTHEC and -ARY.] 

    {dag}1. orig. One who kept a store or shop of non-perishable commodities, spices, drugs, comfits, preserves, etc.
  (This passed at an early period into the next: in 1617 the Apothecaries' Company of London was separated from the Grocers'.)

    2. spec. The earlier name for: One who prepared and sold drugs for medicinal purposes{em}the business now (since about 1800) conducted by a druggist or pharmaceutical chemist. From about 1700 apothecaries gradually took a place as general medical practitioners, and the modern apothecary holds this status legally, by examination and licence of the Apothecaries' Company; but in popular usage the term is archaic.
  Apothecaries' Weight: that by which drugs are compounded.

    {dag}3. [cf. OFr. apotecarie, apotiquerie, and late L. apoth{emac}c{amac}ria , the wares or shop of a drug-seller.] Drugs collectively: hence    a. A store of drugs;    b. Medical treatment by drugs. Obs.

    4. attrib. quasi-adj.

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Kareinakareina on November 22nd, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I've been in a few countries where the word still in use, and placed prominently on the store-front, is apothecary (or some close variant thereof). Such things make me glad I've got such a good English vocabulary, as it sure comes in handy puzzling out other languages now and then...
eithni: drugzeithni on November 22nd, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've had the same experience... but now you have me thinking about foreign travel again... not that it's ever that far from my mind!
Kareinakareina on November 22nd, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Unless some unexpected job offer comes up before then, I'm free to do European travel with you in January...