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bitter herb

noun
1.
an Old World herb, Centaurium erythraea, used dried in medicine as a tonic.
2.
the turtlehead, Chelone glabra, used in medicine as a tonic, cathartic, and anthelmintic.
3.
Judaism. an herb that tastes bitter, as horseradish, traditionally eaten at the Seder, and serving as a reminder of the Israelites' slavery in Egypt.
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  • My grandam says the best medicines for uneasy hearts are the bitter herb confession and the sweet flower absolution.

    Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton
  • He is the sprig of bitter herb that makes the pottage wholesome.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • During the ten succeeding days she was not permitted to eat any meat, nor anything but a little corn boiled with a bitter herb.

  • Sardinia, it was said, was noted for a bitter herb which contracted the features of those who tasted it.

    The Night Side of London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • She was tasting in the very depths of her soul a bitterness which was more biting than any bitter herb which ever grew on earth.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Astrophel, as′tro-fel, n. a name applied by Spenser to some kind of bitter herb.

  • Sardinia, it is said, was noted for a bitter herb which contracted the features of those who tasted it.

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