gall of the earth


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gall of the earth common perennial herb widely distributed in the southern and eastern United States having drooping clusters of pinkish flowers and thick basal leaves suggesting a lion's foot in shape; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gall of the earth (Bot) an herbaceous composite plant with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the Prenanthes serpentaria.
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In literature:

For no offence known to the laws of earth or Heaven my flesh has been galled by your chains and torn by your whips.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
Is not this the very reflection that has been mingling its drop of earth's gall with the honeyed sweetness of his heaven?
"Doctor Cupid" by Rhoda Broughton