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

  • adj. Causing vomiting.
  • n. An agent that causes vomiting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. causing nausea and vomiting
  • n. an agent that induces vomiting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inducing to vomit; exciting the stomach to discharge its contents by the mouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inducing vomiting.
  • n. A medicine that induces vomiting.

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

  • n. a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting


Late Latin emeticos, from Greek emetikos, from emetos, vomiting, from emein, to vomit; see wemə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek ἔμετος (emetos, "sickness") (Wiktionary)


  • But of course, an emetic is out of the question in the present case.


  • But remember the emetic which is given at _first_ is _pure Ipecacuanha

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  • The emetic was a disgusting practice of Roman _bon vivants_ who were afraid of indigestion.] [Footnote 3: The verse which Cicero quotes from Lucilius is fairly equivalent to this.] [Footnote 4: Probably by way of salute; or possibly as a precaution.]

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  • It’s like some kind of emetic factory, or something.

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  • They contain truly novel and "fresh" images -- "the hair-trigger emetic atmosphere of his throat."

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  • Third, each story and poem has, if available, a short epilogue from Zelazny himself explaining his own feelings about it, and also a glossary of literary references (most of which are accurate, though I wouldn't be surprised if the Miller whose writing has emetic effects is Henry rather than Arthur).

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  • King was taken inside and an emetic administered, when he vomited up a quantity of the poison.


  • The thought came to him that the emetic had failed, and that nothing remained but the drugstore.


  • I'm just as bad bit as you, an 'I'm goin' to take a emetic.



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