gall of the earth

Definition of gall of the earth

1 : a lion's foot of the genus Prenanthes especially : a common perennial herb (P. serpentaria) that is widely distributed in the southern and eastern U.S. and has thick variable basal leaves and clusters of pink to white flower heads
2 : a wild plant of the genus Lactuca

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History and Etymology for gall of the earth

earlier gall of the earth lesser centaury (translation of Middle French fiel de terre, translation of Latin fel terrae), from gall entry 1

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