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Elaterium

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Elatérium. n.s. [Latin.] An inspissated juice, in fragments of flat and thin cakes, seldom thicker than a shilling. It is light, of a friable texture; pale, dead, whitish colour, and an acrid and pungent taste. It is procured from the fruit of the wild cucumber; the seeds of which swim in a large quantity of an acrid and almost caustick liquor. It is a very violent and rough purge. Hill.

Sources: Hill, John (29)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Elaterium." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 15, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13968.


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