† dildock, n.1
Origin: Formed within English, by clipping or shortening. Etymon: opodeldoc n.
Etymology: Shortened < opodildock, variant of opodeldoc n., apparently with reanalysis of the word as an English compound, perhaps by analogy with opobalsam n.
Obsolete (U.S. colloq. and regional in later use).
A liquid used for rubbing on the body to relieve pain; a liniment, an embrocation; = opodeldoc n. 2.
1770 M. Page Invoice 15 Feb. in F. Mason John Norton & Sons (1968) 126 Physick Bill... 1 Qrt. Opr. Dildock.
1825 I. Babcock Let. 29 Jan. in A. E. Babcock Isaiah Babcock, Sr. (1903) 17 She has had considerable fever. I got some powder for it. I got a fial of dildock and rubt that on.
1887 Connersville (Indiana) Times 2 Mar. 5/ The druggist's peculiar orders... [We get asked for] spit and turkletine, for spirits of turpentine;..hope and dildock, for opodeldoc.
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