E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A universal cure. Panacea was the daughter of Esculapios (god of medicine). The name is evidently composed of two Greek words panakeomai (all I cure). Of course the medicine that cures is the daughter or child of the healing art.
Panacea. An Orkney proverb says the well of Kildinguie and the dulse (sea-weed) of Guiodin will cure every
malady save Black Death. (Sir Walter Scott: The Pirate, chap. xxix.) (See AZOTH.)
Other famous panaceas.
Prince Ahmeds apple, or apple of Samarcand, cured all disorders. (See under APPLE.)
The balsam of Fierabras (q.v.).
The Promethean unguent rendered the body invulnerable.
Aladdinsring (q.v.) was a preservative against all the ills which flesh is heir to.
Sir Gilberts sword. Sir T. Malory, in his History of Prince Arthur (i. 116), says:
Sir Launcelot touched the wounds of Sir Meliot with Sir Gilberts sword, and wiped them with the cerecloth, and anon a wholler man was he never in all his life.
(See also ACHILLES SPEAR, MEDEAS KETLLE, REYNARDS RING [see RING], PANTHERA, etc.)