noun squin·an·cy \-nə(n)si\

Definition of squinancy



  1. 1 obsolete :  peritonsillar abscess

  2. 2 :  a European perennial herb (Asperula cynanchica) with narrowly linear whorled leaves formerly thought to cure peritonsillar abscess

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Origin and Etymology of squinancy

Middle English, quinsy, from Middle French esquinancie, squinancie, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Greek syanchē sore throat, from syn- + anchein to strangle) of quinancie quinsy, from Late Latin cynanche — more at anger, quinsy

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