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 inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also {squinancy}, and {squinzey}. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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… …   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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