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Melampode

(3 syl.). Black hellebore, so called from Melampus, a famous soothsayer and physician, who cured with it the daughters of Prætus of their melancholy. (Virgil Georgics, iii. 550.)

My seely sheep, like well below,
They need not melampode;
For they been hale enough I trow,
And liken their abode.

Spenser, Eclogue vii.

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