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squinancy

[ skwin-uhn-see, -uh-see ]
/ ˈskwɪn ən si, -ə si /
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noun

a prostrate Eurasian plant, Asperula cynanchica, of the madder family, having smooth, weak stems and sparse white or pink flowers, formerly believed to be a cure for quinsy.

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Origin of squinancy

1350–1400; Middle English squynancy quinsy <Medieval Latin squinancia, -antia<Greek synánchē, kynánchē, diseases of the throat
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