One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for spignel
- ‘Lovage's old name of bladder seed owes less to its diuretic properties than to confusion with its Scottish cousin, spignel or baldmoney, corrupted from Balder, the Apollo of northern myths.’
- ‘Bras selected as the symbol of his restaurant the finely divided leaf of cistre, which in English is called baldmoney or spignel.’
- ‘Highlanders used baldmoney or spignel to give food a spicy flavour and also chewed the roots as a stimulant and to relieve flatulence.’
Late Middle English (denoting the gentian; now only Scots): of unknown origin.
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