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Daisy-roots

like dwarf-elder berries, are said to stunt the growth; hence the fairy Milkah fed her royal foster-child on this food, that his standard might not exceed that of a pigmy. This superstition arose from the notion that everything had the property of bestowing its own speciality on others. (See Fern Seed.)

She robbed dwarf-elders of their fragrant fruit,
And fed him early with the daisy root,
Whence through his veins the powerful juices ran,
And formed the beauteous miniature of man.

Tickell: Kensington Gardens.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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