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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OINTMENT

He put the filings in a little pot which had been used for ointment of some kind.

Melt the wax with the lard over a gentle fire, and sprinkle in the tutty, continually stirring them till the ointment is cold.

Take an ounce of the ointment called nutritum, the yolk of a small egg, or the half of a large one, and mix them well together.

In such a case, is the substance which is anointed the same as the colour or ointment?

There's only one small fly in the ointment, so far as I can see.

There are bound to be vexations, flies in the ointment, as we say.

Also he touched the lids of the sore-eyed and they said his fingers were as ointment.

Externally, vesicant; used in form of ointment, or tincture.

The ointment has got to soak in, and the skin has got to be kept warm.

But Bothwell had managed to inject a fly into the ointment of my content.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., from Old French oignement "ointment, salve, unguent," from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum (see unguent). The first -t- emerged in Old French from oint, past participle of verb oindre "to anoint."

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