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Peony (The)

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So called, according to fable, from Pæon, the physician who cured the wounds received by the gods in the Trojan war. The seeds were, at one time, worn round the neck as a charm against the powers of darkness. Virgil and Ovid speak of its sanative virtues. Others tell us Pæon was a chieftain who discovered the plant.

“Vetustissima inventu pæonia est, nomenque auctoris retinet, quam quidam pentorobon appellant, alii glycysiden.”—Pliny, xxv. 10.

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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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