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A legendary plant to which various medicinal or magical properties have been attributed, sometimes identified with the peony.
Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. From classical Latin aglaophōtis (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀγλαοϕῶτις, name of a plant with supposed magical properties, also listed by Dioscorides as a name of the peony, Paeonia officinalis, literally ‘brightly shining’ from ἀγλαός splendid + ϕῶς light.
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