squin·​an·​cy | \ -nə(n)si \
plural -es

Definition of squinancy

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

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Squinancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squinancy. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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