[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, April 11

Cait O'Hara lady_cait at lycos.com
Wed Apr 17 18:28:19 PDT 2002

Dragon’s blood

In pharmacy, a rosin so named from the dragon’s combating with the elephant.  It is moderately heavy, friable or brittle, and in the mass of a dusky red; but when powdered of a bright scarlet, it has little smell, and is of a resinous and astringent taste……  It is produced from no less than four vegetables of different parts of the world.
--Daniel Fenning’s Royal English Dictionary, 1775

It has been used as an stringent in hemorrhages, &c., but now rarely employed.
-- Robley Dunglison’s Dictionary of Medical Science, 1844

Feast Day of St. Gemma, a patron of apothecaries.

Never meddle in the affairs of dragons;
For you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
-- Acacia

See Dave Matthews Band live or win a signed guitar

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