(The). The species called Silybum Marianum, we
are told, owes the white markings on its leaves to the milk of the
Virgin Mary, some of which fell thereon and left a white mark behind. (See Christian Traditions.)
are said to be a cure for stitch in the side, especially the
species called “Our Lady's Thistle.” According to the Doctrine of
Signatures, Nature has labelled every plant, and the prickles of
the thistle tell us the plant is efficacious for prickles or
stitches in the side. (See Turmeric.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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