One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Medicine. An abscess or ulcer of the inner canthus of the eye, especially when involving a lacrimal duct or the lacrimal sac.
2Any grass of the southern European genus Aegilops, considered to be the wild ancestor of modern varieties of domestic wheat. Also (in form Aegilops): the genus itself.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Banister (1532/3–?1610), surgeon. From classical Latin aegilops ulcer in the eye, lacrimal fistula, species of oak tree, species of grass from Hellenistic Greek αἰγίλωψ ulcer in the eye, lacrimal fistula, species of oak tree, species of grass, of uncertain origin, perhaps two (or three) separate words.
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