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The sassafras, Sassafras albidum, parts of which (especially the root and bark) were formerly used in the treatment of fevers.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From ague + tree, with allusion to the use of the root of this tree in the treatment of fevers.
ague tree/ˈeɪɡjuː ˌtriː/
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.