is said to destroy the magnetic power of the loadstone. This
notion, though proved to be erroneous, has the sanction of Pliny,
Solinus, Ptolemy, Plutarch, Albertus, Mathiolas, Rueus, Rulandus,
Renodaeus, Langius, and others. Sir Thomas Browne places it among Vulgar Errors (book ii. chap. 3.)
“Martin Rulandus saith that Onions and Garlick ... hinder the
attractive power [of the magnet] and rob it of its virtue of drawing
iron, to which Renodaeus agrees but this is all lies.” —W. Salmon: The Complete English Physician, etc., chap. xxv. p. 182.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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