[Sca-cooks] Goatee stories - Rockrose

Adele de Maisieres ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Tue Jan 8 13:38:36 PST 2008

Suey wrote:

>    Goats came in handy as laudanum collecting devices from rockrose. 

I think you mean labdanum. Laudanum is tincture of opium.

>While they munched on the plant, the oil stuck to their beards. Annually 
>the beards were cut and the oil extracted, i.e. those that the pharaohs 
>did not keep for themselves. They glued the goatees to their chins in 
>order to smell good and that is how the word for this type of beard came 
>into being. 

That's a very fanciful etymology.  I think it's mor likely that the the 
word goatee derives from the resemblance of a small human beard to a 
goat's beard.

Adele de Maisieres

Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
-Georgeus Gershwinus

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