- darning egg,
- darning needle,
Origin of darnel
Examples from the Web for darnel
The grains of the darnel are not so heavy as the wheat, and not so compactly set upon the stalk.The Parables of Our Lord|William Arnot
I am afraid Mr. Darnel's fate is a just judgment of God upon him for his cruelty to that excellent person.The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves|Tobias Smollett
Darnel will not do for the grain-tax, and daughters will never support their mothers.Village Life in China|Arthur H. Smith
His disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the field."
I shall set about Darnel immediately—a confounded exchange, for the Percy was certainly the finest girl in London.Discipline|Mary Brunton
Word Origin for darnel
weed growing in grainfields, c.1300, from northern dialectal French darnelle; according to one theory, the the second element is Old French neelle (Modern French nielle) "cockle," from Vulgar Latin nigella "black-seeded," from fem. of Latin nigellus "blackish."
But perhaps rather the word is related to Middle Dutch verdaernt, verdarnt "stunned, dumbfounded, angry," Walloon darne, derne "stunned, dazed, drunk," the plant so called from its well-known inebriating property. Long noted for its "poisonous" properties (actually caused by fungus growing on the plant); The French word for it is ivraie, from Latin ebriacus "intoxicated," and the botanical name, Lolium temulentum, is from Latin temulent "drunken," though this sometimes is said to be "from the heavy seed heads lolling over under their own weight."
In some parts of continental Europe it appears the seeds of darnel have the reputation of causing intoxication in men, beasts, and birds, the effects being sometimes so violent as to produce convulsions. In Scotland the name of Sleepies, is applied to darnel, from the seeds causing narcotic effects. [Gouverneur Emerson, "The American Farmer's Encyclopedia," New York, 1860. It also mentions that "Haller speaks of them as communicating these properties to beer."]