treacle : Idioms & Phrases
Poor man's treacle
(Bot.), garlic; so called because it was thought to be an antidote to animal poison. Eng Dr. Prior.
(Bot.), a name given to several species of the cruciferous genus Erysimum, especially the E. cheiranthoides, which was formerly used as an ingredient in Venice treacle, or theriac.
- a compound cordial prepared in different ways from a variety of ingredients, as hartshorn, roots of various plants, flowers, juices of plants, wines, etc., distilled or digested with Venice treacle. It was formerly regarded as a medicine of great virtue. Nares.
(Old Med.)Same as Theriac, 1.