1. [syn: pharmacist, druggist, chemist, apothecary, pill pusher, pill roller]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Apothecary \A*poth"e*ca*ry\, n.; pl. Apothecaries. [OE.
apotecarie, fr. LL. apothecarius, fr. L. apotheca storehouse,
Gr. apo, fr. ? to put away; ? from + ? to put: cf. F.
apothicaire, OF. apotecaire. See Thesis.]
1. One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for
medicinal purposes; a druggist; a pharmacist.
Note: In England an apothecary is one of a privileged class
of practitioners, licensed to prescribe medicine -- a
kind of sub-physician. The surgeon apothecary is the
ordinary family medical attendant. One who sells drugs
and makes up prescriptions is now commonly called in
England a druggist or a pharmaceutical chemist.
2. A drugstore; a store where medicines are sold.
Apothecaries' weight, the system of weights by which
medical prescriptions were formerly compounded. The pound
and ounce are the same as in Troy weight; they differ only
in the manner of subdivision. The ounce is divided into 8
drams, 24 scruples, 480 grains. See Troy weight.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a health professional trained in the art of preparing and
dispensing drugs [syn: pharmacist, druggist, chemist,
apothecary, pill pusher, pill roller]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "apothecary":
antique store, automobile showroom, bookstore, bootery,
candy store, chemist, cigar store, clothiers, clothing store,
confectionery, dispenser, dress shop, druggist, drugstore,
dry goods store, florists, fur salon, furniture store, gallipot,
gift shop, haberdashery, hardware store, hat shop, hobby shop,
ironmongery, jewelers, jewelry store, leather goods store,
liquor store, luggage shop, milliners, novelty shop, package store,
pharmaceutist, pharmacist, pharmacy, posologist, saddlery,
schlock house, schlock shop, secondhand shop, secondhand store,
shoe store, smoke shop, specialty shop, sporting goods store,
stationers, stationery store, sweater shop, sweet shop,
thrift shop, tobacco store, tobacconists, toy shop, trimming store,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
APOTHECARY, n. The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor
and grave worm's provider.
When Jove sent blessings to all men that are,
And Mercury conveyed them in a jar,
That friend of tricksters introduced by stealth
Disease for the apothecary's health,
Whose gratitude impelled him to proclaim:
"My deadliest drug shall bear my patron's name!"