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Daisy-roots

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like dwarf-elder berries, are said to stunt the growth; hence the fairy Milkah fed her royal foster-child on this food, that his standard might not exceed that of a pigmy. This superstition arose from the notion that everything had the property of bestowing its own speciality on others. (See Fern Seed.)        

“She robbed dwarf-elders of their fragrant fruit,

And fed him early with the daisy root,

Whence through his veins the powerful juices ran,

And formed the beauteous miniature of man.”

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Tickell: Kensington Gardens.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dahomey
Daïboth
Daikoku
Daïri
Dairy
Dais
Daisies
Daisy
Daisy (Solomon)
Daisy-cutter (A)
Daisy-roots
Dalai-Lama [grand lama]
Daldah
Dalgarno (Lord)
Dalgetty (Dugald)
Dalkey (King of)
Dalle (French)
Dalmatica
Dam
Damage
Damask Linen