• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hag-taper (Bot) The great woolly mullein (Verbascum Thapsus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hag-taper The great mullen, Verbascum Thapsus. See mullen.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. 1st Hag, and Hig-taper


In literature:

In medieval Europe it was called "hag-taper," because it was employed by witches in their incantations.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons

In poetry:

Night as clear Hesper shall our tapers whip
From the light casements where we play,
And the dark hag from her black mantle strip,
And stick there everlasting day.
"The Grasshopper" by Richard Lovelace