2016年9月11日 星期日

myrrh, balm, tincture, incense burner, quackery of homeopathy

Germany gives homeopathy a privileged legal status. A tincture of rationality would be welcome
Many upper-class Germans swear by homeopathy
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Anyone, it seems, can get into the poet's head. When Samuel Taylor Coleridge died—on July 25th 1834—he left behind magnificently sprawling notebooks in which he recorded almost minute by minute his insights, raptures, conversations, longings and opium-tinctured dreams

The poet and critic died on this day in 1834
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The sweet smell of success? Today’s ‪#‎MysteryObject‬ is an incense burner from Iran. Incense was used to sweeten the smells of houses, temples, palaces and tombs. This magnificent object is cast from copper alloy and was used as a portable incense burner. It probably dates to about the 1st–3rd centuries AD http://ow.ly/4nuzcN





Really?


By ANAHAD O’CONNOR A cup of hot tea is an age-old balm for sniffles, sneezing and stuffiness.

myrrh :植物名。橄欖科密兒拉屬。樹脂黏而有香味,多產於印度﹑阿拉伯及東非洲等地。可供做藥劑及香料。


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A Poem

Myrrh



Published: December 25, 2007

Now the water in the saucepan was off the boil
my mother would turn, spluttering, from the can of kaolin
she was about to apply to a boil
on the back of my neck to clean
the surrounding area. The icing on the cake. These tears of gum
on the Christmas tree the closest we'd as yet come to myrrh,
though tincture of myrrh was still prescribed for gum
and mouth disorders. Christmas Eve. A mere
two days till the hunters would raise the puss,
a pack of hounds starting it from its form
and following it through the surrounding area till, jingle-jangle,
its nozzle would fill with blood. As yet, a little bloody pus
on this morning's poultice-gauze the closest we'd come to the form
of a star halted in a sky of china-clay.

Paul Muldoon is the author, most recently, of the collection “Horse Latitudes.”





tincture 

Pronunciation: /ˈtɪŋ(k)tʃə/ 

NOUN

1medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol:the remedies can be administered in form of tinctures[MASS NOUN]: bottle containing tincture of iodine
1.1British informal An alcoholic drink:he’s a rough diamond, especially after a tincture or two

2slight trace of something:she could not keep a tincture of bitterness out of her voice
3Heraldry Any of the conventional colours (including the metals and stains, and often thefurs) used in coats of arms.

VERB

(be tinctured)
Be tinged or imbued with a slight amount of:Arthur’s affability was tinctured with faint sarcasm


Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a dye or pigment): from Latin tinctura 'dyeing', from tingere 'to dye or colour'. sense 2 of the noun (early 17th century) comes from the obsolete sense 'imparted quality', likened to a tint imparted by a dye.

myrrh(mûr) pronunciation

━━ n. 没薬(もつやく) ((香料・薬剤にする熱帯樹脂)).n.
  1. An aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of India, Arabia, and eastern Africa, used in perfume and incense. Also called balm of Gilead.
  2. See sweet cicely (sense 2).
[Middle English mirre, from Old English myrrha, from Latin, from Greek murrha, of Semitic origin.]



balm 
noun [C or U]
1 an oil that is obtained from particular tropical trees and used especially to treat injuries or reduce pain:
a new skin balm

2 something that gives comfort:
Her gentle words were a balm to me.

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