A Dictionary of Plant-Lore

A Dictionary of Plant-Lore

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Offering a vivid and colourful account of British and Irish plant-lore, this dictionary answers questions such as why the Welsh wear a daffodil on St David's Day and the Irish a shamrock for St Patrick, and why we send flowers to weddings and funerals or kiss under the mistletoe? From elderflower tea ("a universal panacea") to lesser yellow trefoil (the true shamrock), from corn dollies and crop circles to plants which forecast the weather (pennywort and scarlet pimpernel), this dictionary covers them all. It also includes: superstitions and herbal remedies; folksong and children's games; and folk-names in use today never previously recorded.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 458 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0192800531
  • 9780192800534

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an extraordinary compendium of traditional beliefs Country Lifeshow more

About Roy Vickery

Roy Vickery has worked at the Natural History Museum in London, where he is Curator of Flowering Plants, since 1965. He has written extensively on the folklore of plants and is an active member of a number of societies, including the Botanical Society of the British Isles, and the Society for Folklife Studies. He was Honorary Secretary of the Folklore Society from 1980 to 1989.show more

Table of contents

Plant-lore studies in the British Isles; notes for the reader; the dictionary; index of scientific names.show more

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