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
Words nearby king's evil
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British Dictionary definitions for king's evil
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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