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"art of healing," Old English læcecræft; see leech (2) + craft (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The country was as innocent of leechcraft as the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • And, being skilled in leechcraft, she drew it carefully out.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • See if your leechcraft can tell us if any of these young rogues are likely to die.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • Some of these were wounded men, and you mind that I am skilled in leechcraft.

    King Olaf's Kinsman Charles Whistler
  • When asked what he brought, he professed skill in leechcraft.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • This conjunction of leechcraft and cooking was in early days far from being considered demeaning to the healing art.

  • But thereof is my Maid all whole now by reason of her wisdom in leechcraft, or somewhat more.

    The Wood Beyond the World William Morris
  • King James personally practised the art of leechcraft, as well as experimented in alchemy and physiology.

    Archaeological Essays Vol. 2 James Y. Simpson

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