dittany


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dittany

symbol of childbirth. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
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So that will be twenty quid's worth of white dittany to go with the M&S meal deal, then.
Gary supplied the proper name, dittany, for the poeticized one, which displeased the professor, who afterward explained that the Rutaceae known as fraxinella was, in fact, what Keats had had in mind, a flower that in hot weather emitted a flammable vapor and in classical mythology was reputed to expel arrows from the body.
No wonder: as Brown notes, epileptics at the time "might have been prescribed wild valerian, peony root, mistletoe, digitalis, quinine, white dittany, rue, narcissus, opium, asafetida, garlic, camphor, cantharides, copper, zinc, lead, antimony, mercury, iron, silver, carbonic acid or phosphorus.