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House-leek [Jove’s beard]

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Grown on house-roofs, from the notion that it warded off lightning. Charlemagne made an edict that every one of his subjects should have house-leek on his house-roof. The words are, “Et habet quisque supra domum suum Jovis barbam.” It was thought to ward off all evil spirits. Fevers as well as lightning were at one time supposed to be due to evil spirits.

“If the herb house-leek or syngreen do grow on the house-top, the same house is never stricken with lightning or thunder.”—Thomas Hill: Natural and Artf. Conclusion.

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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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Hougoumont
Hound
Houqua
Hour
Houri (pl. Houris)
House
¶ House
¶ House
House-bote
House-flag (A)
House-leek [Jove’s beard]
House Spirits
House-top
House and Home
House of Correction
House of God (The)
House that Jack Built (The)
Household Gods
Household Troops
Housel
Houssain (Prince)

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