Ointment is a very cool word. It means salve that one rubs onto injuries, rashes and the like. It is fun to say. Try it with me. "Ointment."

Oint"ment (?), n. [OE. oinement, OF. oignement, fr.F. oindre to anoint, L. ungere, unguere; akin to Skr. aj, and to G. anke (in Switzerland) butter. The first t in the E. word is due to the influence of anoint. Cf. Anoint, Unguent.]

That which serves to anoint; any soft unctuous substance used for smearing or anointing; an unguent.

 

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