a druggist; a pharmacist.
a pharmacy or drugstore.
(especially in England and Ireland) a druggist licensed to prescribe medicine.
Herr Seelenfromm, assistant to the apothecary Pflaum, had taught her.
The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
What I like about Mr. Fleurant, my apothecary, is that his bills are always civil.
The Imaginary Invalid Molire
Luckily Jerome, through his old gathering for the apothecary, knew them all.
Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
So that, if your little girl were old enough, you would give her to an apothecary?
The Imaginary Invalid Molire
From his boyhood Bass wanted to be a sailor, but was apprenticed, sorely against his will, to a Boston apothecary.
The Naval Pioneers of Australia and Walter Jeffery Louis Becke
Every man’s house is now not only his castle, but his apothecary shop.
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 11, June 11, 1870 Various
During a large portion of his life he followed the profession of an apothecary.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8 Various
He was the son of an apothecary of Rudkjobing, in the province of Larzeland.
The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851 Various
He is, perhaps, the only person not an apothecary hereabouts.
Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
And Peter went off to the apothecary for his pretexted drugs.
Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
noun (pl) -caries
an archaic word for pharmacist
(law) a chemist licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to prescribe, prepare, and sell drugs
mid-14c., “shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments,” from Old French apotecaire (13c., Modern French apothicaire), from Late Latin apothecarius “storekeeper,” from Latin apotheca “storehouse,” from Greek apotheke “barn, storehouse,” literally “a place where things are put away,” from apo- “away” (see apo-) + tithenai “to put,” from PIE root *dhe- “to put, to do” (see factitious). Same root produced French boutique and Spanish bodega. Cognate compounds produced Sanskrit apadha- “concealment,” Old Persian apadana- “palace.”
Drugs and herbs being among the chief items of non-perishable goods, the meaning narrowed 17c. to “druggist” (Apothecaries’ Company of London separated from the Grocers’ in 1617). Apothecaries formerly were notorious for “the assumed gravity and affectation of knowledge generally put on by the gentlemen of this profession, who are commonly as superficial in their learning as they are pedantic in their language” [Francis Grose, “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” 1796]. Hence, Apothecary’s Latin, barbarously mangled, also known as Dog Latin.
apothecary a·poth·e·car·y (ə-pŏth’ĭ-kěr’ē)
n. pl. a·poth·e·car·ies
One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.
rendered in the margin and the Revised Version “perfumer,” in Ex. 30:25; 37:29; Eccl. 10:1. The holy oils and ointments were prepared by priests properly qualified for this office. The feminine plural form of the Hebrew word is rendered “confectionaries” in 1 Sam. 8:13.
noun sexual desire for an amputee or to have one’s own healthy limb amputated; also called amputation fetish Usage Note apotemnophile n
- Apothecaries measure
a system of units used chiefly in compounding and dispensing liquid drugs. In the U.S. 60 minims (♍) = 1 fluid dram (f); 8 fluid drams = 1 fluid ounce (f); 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint (O.); 8 pints = 1 gallon (C.) (231 cubic inches). In Great Britain 20 minims = 1 fluid […]
- Apothecaries’ weight
a system of weights used chiefly in compounding and dispensing drugs: 20 grains = 1 scruple (℈); 3 scruples = 1 dram (dr); 8 drams = 1 ounce); 12 ounces = 1 pound. The grain, ounce, and pound are the same as in troy weight, the grain alone being the same as in avoirdupois weight. […]
- Apothecary jar
a small, covered jar, formerly used by druggists to hold pharmaceuticals, now chiefly in household use to hold spices, candies, cosmetics, etc., and sometimes decorated, as a lamp base or flower vase.