Definition of vulnerary
: used for or useful in healing wounds <vulnerary plants>
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In Latin, vulnus means "wound." You might think, then, that the English adjective "vulnerary" would mean "wounding" or "causing a wound" - and, indeed, "vulnerary" has been used that way, along with two obsolete adjectives, "vulnerative" and "vulnific." But for the lasting and current use of "vulnerary," we took our cue from the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder. In his Natural History, he used the Latin adjective vulnerarius to describe a plaster, or dressing, for healing wounds. And that's fine - the suffix -ary merely indicates that there is a connection, which, in this case, is to wounds. (As you may have already suspected, "vulnerable" is related; it comes from the Latin verb vulnerare, which means "to wound.")
Origin of vulnerary
Latin vulnerarius, from vulner-, vulnus
First Known Use: 1599
Rhymes with vulnerary
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Definition of vulnerary
: a vulnerary remedy
First Known Use of vulnerary
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