harlemensis, noun

Forms:
Also haarlemensis, harlemessens, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, blend and adaptation of Dutch haarlemmer essens, see haarlemmer.
‘Haarlem oil’: a patent medicine used for the treatment of kidney, bladder, and liver complaints; Dutch drops, see Dutch adjective sense 2; haarlemmer drops, see haarlemmer; harmans druppels, see druppels sense b ii. Also attributive. See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutch adjective sense 2).
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 11 Oct. 159I tried a Dutch medicine called ‘Harlemensis’ which effected a cure within a short time...About twenty per cent. of my lambs got affected with sore eyes, from which I cured them with one or two applications of this ‘Harlemensis.’
1958 E.H. Burrows Hist. of Medicine 191Haarlemensis, Haarlemmer essens, Haarlemmer droppels (Dutch Drops): world-famous with many uses.
1973 S. Stander tr. of A.P. Brink’s Brandy in S. Afr. 168You could try 1 spoon of honey, five drops of ‘harlemessens’, 1 spoon camphor brandy, 1 dessert-spoon buchu vinegar and the yolk of an egg.
1989 D. Smuts Folk Remedies 58Kidney problems, 10 drops balsem sulphuris, 10 drops Haarlemensis oil, 1 wineglass of milk.
‘Haarlem oil’: a patent medicine used for the treatment of kidney, bladder, and liver complaints; Dutch drops, see Dutchadjective2; haarlemmer drops, see haarlemmer; harmans druppels, see druppelsb ii. Also attributive.
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