Pantagruelion Herb

(The). Hemp; so called “because Pantagruel was the inventor of a certain use which it serves for, exceeding hateful to felons, unto whom it is more hurtful than strangle-weed to flax.”

“The figure and shape of the leaves are not much different from those of the ash-tree or the agrimony, the herb itself being so like the Eupatorio that many herbalists have called it the `Domestic Eupatorio,' and the Eupatorio the `Wild Pantagruelion.”' —Rabelais: Pantagruel, iii. 49.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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