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mad-dog skullcap

[mad-dawg, -dog] /ˈmædˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
noun, Botany.
1.
a North American skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora, having underground stems and one-sided clusters of blue to white flowers.
Origin of mad-dog skullcap
1815-1825
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25; so called because it was formerly used as an antispasmodic
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