mustard plaster

noun

: a counterirritant and rubefacient plaster containing powdered mustard

Examples of mustard plaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Treatments included bloodletting, blistering, leeches and the use of mustard plaster, which could cause first-degree burns. Ann Levin, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2021 For colds, her parents applied mustard plasters, and her Norwegian father made her and her brother hot water, sugar and whiskey at bedtime, to keep coughs in check. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2018 Everyone in Russia knows about treatment by mustard plaster, an old-fashioned remedy. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 11 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mustard plaster was in 1562

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“Mustard plaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mustard%20plaster. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

mustard plaster

noun
: a dressing made of a paste containing powdered mustard that is applied to the skin (as of the back or chest) to cause redness and irritation in the surface layers of the skin and reduce inflammation deeper down

Medical Definition

mustard plaster

noun
: a counterirritant and rubefacient plaster containing powdered mustard

called also mustard paper

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