Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HEALIN(G) BLADE, -LEAF, n.comb. [′helən-, see note to Hail, v.1]

1. The greater plantain, Plantago major (Sc. 1886 B. & H. 248–9; Mry., Abd. 1919 T.S.D.C. III., healin' blade; Cai. 1956). Slk. 1807 Hogg Shepherd's Guide 79:
Merry-leaf . . . called by some country people the healing-leaf, grows upon wet meadows, is long and slender, green on the upper side and red on the back.
Slk. 1807 Trans. Highl. Soc. II. 389:
Mr James Hog . . . mentions the uniformly successful treatment of sheep affected with this disorder [Trembling Ill] . . . by giving them a decoction of the Dewcup and Healing leaf boiled in buttermilk.

2. The common house leek, Sempervivum tectorum (Clc. 1886 B. & H. 248–9).

[The names have been adopted in allusion to the use of the plants in medicative applications (Ib.).]

Healin(g) blade n. comb.

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