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officinal

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adjective of·fi·ci·nal \ə-ˈfi-sə-nəl, ȯ-, ä-; ˌȯ-fə-ˈsī-nəl, ˌä-\

Definition of officinal

  1. :  medicinal <a monograph on officinal flora>



Examples of officinal

  1. <the discovery of officinal plants that continues to this day>



Origin of officinal

Medieval Latin officinalis of a storeroom, from officina storeroom, from Latin, workshop, from opific-, opifex workman, from opus work + facere to do


First Known Use: circa 1720

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