Origin of agnail
before 950; Middle English; Old English angnægl, equivalent to ang- tight, hard, painful + nægl corn (on foot), nail
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Examples from the Web for agnail
I am told that an "agnail" was formerly called a "step-mother" in Yorkshire.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- another name for hangnail
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- A hangnail.
- A painful sore or swelling around a fingernail or toenail.
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