nostrum (n.) "quack medicine," c.1600, from L. nostrum remedium "our remedy," presumably that prepared by the person offering it, from L. nostrum, neuter of noster "our," from nos "we," from PIE *nos (see US (Cf. us)).

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  • nostrum — nos|trum [ˈnɔstrəm US ˈna: ] n formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: nostrum something of ours ] an idea that someone thinks will solve a problem easily, but will probably not help at all ▪ an economic nostrum …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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