king's evil


noun

scrofula: so called because it was supposed to be curable by the touch of the reigning sovereign.

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Origin of king's evil

1350–1400; Middle English kynges evel
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British Dictionary definitions for king's evil

king's evil

noun

the king's evil pathol a former name for scrofula

Word Origin for king's evil

C14: from the belief that the king's touch would heal scrofula
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