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Definition of Apothecary

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!'


Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??p???k?r? n. (pl. -ies) archaic a chemist licensed to dispense medicines and drugs. řapothecaries' measure (or weight) Brit. units of weight and liquid volume formerly used in pharmacy. °12 ounces = one pound; 20 fluid ounces = one pint. [ME f. OF apotecaire f. LL apothecarius f. L apotheca f. Gk apotheke storehouse]

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