Shropshire Word-Book; A Glossary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Etc., Used in the County
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...antiquity, and is common in Yorkshire.' Mr. Wedgwood remarks that 'the comparison of a beetle to a cow seems strange, hut in other cases the names of certain animals arc given to insects of different kinds, ' and he instances the large black beetle--' The Devil's Coach-horse' q. v. ante, called in O.N. Jotun-oxi, the Giant's ox. He says, 'The name Lady-bird--rapidly supplanting that of Lady-Cow--was probably given to tho pretty little beetlo which bears it as being moro appropriate to a flying creature;' but adds that 'bird here may bo a corruption of bode, or bud, a name given to insects of different kinds--sham-bode, dungbeetle, wool-bode, hairy caterpillar.' He gives as his authority for this, 'E. Adams on names of insects in Philolog. Trans.' See God-A'mighty's Lady-Cow. LADY-GLOVE, sb. Digitalis purpurea, purple Foxglove.--EllesMere. One of the French names for tho Digitalis is 'ganU de notre Dame.' See Lady's-flngers, below. LADY-GRASS, sb. Dactylis elegantissima, variegated Cocksfootgrass; the striped 'riband-grass' of the garden. Qy. com. Cf. Iiady's-ribands. LADY'S-FINGEBS, sb. same as Lady-glove.--Clun. So likewise in French it is 'doigts de la Vierge.' LADY-SMOCK, Cardamine pratensis, common Bitter-cress. Com. When daisies pied and violets blue And lady-smocks all silver white And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue Do paint tho meadows with delight.' Love's Labour Lost, V. ii. (the Song). 'This plant (Cardamine) is called in English Cuckowe-flower, at the Namptwich in Cheshire, where I had my beginning, Ladie Smocks, which hath giuen mo cause to Christen it after my Countrey fashion.'--Gerarde's Herball, Bk. H. p. 261. 'Looking down the Meadows, I could see here a Boy gathering Lillies and Lady-smocks, and there a Girle cropping Culverkoys and..
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