Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines.
  • n. A drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relieving discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
  • n. A drug or substance that induces the removal of gas from the digestive tract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expelling wind from the body; warming; antispasmodic.
  • n. A substance, esp. an aromatic, which tends to expel wind from the alimentary canal, or to relieve colic, griping, or flatulence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expelling, or having the quality of expelling, wind from the alimentary canal.
  • n. A medicine which tends to expel wind, and to remedy colic and flatulence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing
  • adj. relieving gas in the alimentary tract (colic or flatulence or griping)

Etymologies

Middle English carminatif, from Old French, from Latin carminātus, past participle of carmināre, to card wool, from *carmen, card for wool, from cārere, to card.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In this connection it is interesting to note that, according to one authority, the word carminative, a remedy which relieves pain "like a charm," is derived from the Latin _carminare_, to use incantations.

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  • Everything was in the word carminative -- a detailed, exact foreground, an immense, indefinite hinterland of suggestion.

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  • From boyhood the romantic, poetically inclined hero, Denis Stone, found the word carminative particularly evocative.

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  • Ginger can be classified as a carminative in addition to an antiflammatory and diaphoretic herb.

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  • It's a great idea to add lots to your food as black pepper is what is known as a carminative, a substance that helps prevent intestinal gas from forming (and, in turn, flatulence), and anything that can help in that department has to be a bonus.

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  • The medical term "carminative," a comforting medicine, really means a charm medicine, and has the same derivation.

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  • I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant.

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  • Later, when I discovered alcohol, 'carminative' described for me that similar, but nobler, more spiritual glow which wine evokes not only in the body but in the soul as well.

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  • Recently, for example, I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant.

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  • 'carminative' described for me that similar, but nobler, more spiritual glow which wine evokes not only in the body but in the soul as well.

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  • JM enjoys a good old fashioned, immature carminative joke

    May 26, 2010