pennyroyal

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Pennyroyal
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Apparently an alteration (after penny) of Anglo-Norman puliol royal, from Latin pulegium.

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pennyroyal (plural pennyroyals)

  1. Mentha pulegium, a plant of the mint family, formerly much used in various medicinal treatments and as a flea repellant.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 216:
      Dioscorides says that Pennyroyal makes thin, tough phlegm, warms the coldness of any part whereto it is applied, and digests raw or corrupt matter.

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