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A small Mediterranean evergreen shrub with yellow flowers and red, three-lobed berries, Cneorum tricoccon (family Rutaceae). Now historical and rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From widow + wail, apparently so called because of the toxicity of these plants.
widow wail/ˈwɪdəʊ weɪl/
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