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Pennyroyal

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Flea-bane, the odour being, as it is supposed, hateful to fleas.

This is a real curiosity of blundering derivation. The Latin word is pulēcium, the flea destroyer, from pulex, a flea, softened into pulègium, and corrupted into the English-Latin puleʹ-regium. “Pule,” changed first into puny, then into penny, gives us “penny-regium,” whence “penny-royal.” The French call the herb pouliot, from pou (a louse or flea).

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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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Penny Gaff (A)
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