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Hermetic Powder

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The sympathetic powder, supposed to possess a healing influence from a distance. The mediæval philosophers were very fond of calling books, drugs, etc., connected with alchemy and astrology by the term hermetic, out of compliment to Hermēs Trismegisʹtus. (Sir Kenelm Digby: Discourse Concerning the Cure of Wounds by Sympathy.)

“For by his side a pouch he wore

Replete with strange hermetic powder,

That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder.”


Butler: Hudibras, i. 2.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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