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Herb

Many herbs are used for curative purposes simply because of their form or marks: thus, wood-sorrel, being shaped like a heart, is used as a cordial; liver-wort for the liver; the celandine, which has yellow juice, for the jaundice; herb-dragon, which is speckled like a dragon, to counteract the poison of serpents, etc.

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