Squinancy
Squinance Squin"ance (skw[i^]n"ans), Squinancy Squin"an*cy (-an*s[y^]), n. [F. esquinancie, OF. squinance, esquinance. See {Quinsy}.] 1. (Med.) The quinsy. See {Quinsy}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A European perennial herb ({Asperula cynanchica}) with narrowly linear whorled leaves; -- formerly thought to cure the quinsy. Also called {quincewort}. [1913 Webster]

{Squinancy berries}, black currants; -- so called because used to cure the quinsy. --Dr. Prior. [1913 Webster]


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  • squinancy — Quinsy Quin sy, n. [Contr. fr. squinancy, F. esquinancie, L. cynanche a sort of sore throat, Gr. ? sore throat, dog quinsy, fr. ? dog + ? to choke; cf. also L. synanche sore throat, Gr. ?. Cf. {Hound}, {Anger}, and {Cynanche}.] (Med.) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squinancy — /skwin euhn see, euh see/, n. a prostrate Eurasian plant, Asperula cynanchica, of the madder family, having smooth, weak stems and sparse white or pink flowers, formerly believed to be a cure for quinsy. [1350 1400; ME squynancy quinsy < ML… …   Universalium

  • squinancy — squin·an·cy …   English syllables

  • squinancy —   n. wild plant believed to cure quinsy …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • squinancy — nə(n)si noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English, quinsy, from Middle French esquinancie, squinancie, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Greek syanchē sore throat, from syn + anchein to strangle) of quinancie quinsy, from Late Latin cynanche… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squinancy wort — noun A species of woodruff, Asperula cynanchica, once thought good for quinsy • • • Main Entry: ↑squinancy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Squinancy berries — Squinance Squin ance (skw[i^]n ans), Squinancy Squin an*cy ( an*s[y^]), n. [F. esquinancie, OF. squinance, esquinance. See {Quinsy}.] 1. (Med.) The quinsy. See {Quinsy}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A European perennial herb ({Asperula… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Asperula cynanchica — Squinance Squin ance (skw[i^]n ans), Squinancy Squin an*cy ( an*s[y^]), n. [F. esquinancie, OF. squinance, esquinance. See {Quinsy}.] 1. (Med.) The quinsy. See {Quinsy}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A European perennial herb ({Asperula… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quincewort — Squinance Squin ance (skw[i^]n ans), Squinancy Squin an*cy ( an*s[y^]), n. [F. esquinancie, OF. squinance, esquinance. See {Quinsy}.] 1. (Med.) The quinsy. See {Quinsy}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A European perennial herb ({Asperula… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quinsy — Quin sy, n. [Contr. fr. squinancy, F. esquinancie, L. cynanche a sort of sore throat, Gr. ? sore throat, dog quinsy, fr. ? dog + ? to choke; cf. also L. synanche sore throat, Gr. ?. Cf. {Hound}, {Anger}, and {Cynanche}.] (Med.) An inflammation of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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