Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MEAL-AN-FOLLY, n.comb. Also meal-and-folie. Milfoil or common yarrow, Achillea millefolium (Ork. 1914 M. Spence Flora Orcadensis 35). Ork. 1806 P. Neill Tour 27:
The dwarfy milfoil . . . which is here known by the oddly-corrupted name of meal-and-folie.

[A popular corruption of millefolium, “thousand-leaf.”]

Meal-an-folly n. comb.

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