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Misʹtletoe

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Shakespeare calls it “the baleful mistletoe” (Titus Andronicus, ii. 3), in allusion to the Scandinavian story that it was with an arrow made of mistletoe that Balder was slain. (See Kissing Under the Mistletoe.)

The word mistletoe is a corruption of mistel-ta, where mist is the German for “dung,” or rather the “droppings of a bird,” from the notion that the plant was so propagated, especially by the missel-thrush. Ta is for tan, Old Norse tein, meaning “a plant” or “shoot.”

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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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Miserere
“Misfortune will never Leave Me till I Leave It,”
Mishna
Misnomers
Misprision
Miss, Mistress, Mrs
Miss is as Good as a Mile (A)
Missing Link (The)
Mississippi Bubble
Mistletoe
Mistletoe Bough
Mistress Roper
Mistress of the Night (The)
Mistress of the World
Mita
Mitaine
Mite
Mithra or Mithras
Mithridate
Mitre