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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).

WARBA, n. Also warboo (Cai.). The greater plantain, Plantago major (Cai. 1973). Combs. warba blade(s), id. (Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora Mry. 6; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 207; Nai. 1892 Trans. Northern Assoc. I. v. 61); warba leaves, id. (Mry. 1886 B. and H. 483). [′wɑrbu, ′wɑrbə]Cai. 1956:
Warboo was used esp. in poultices as a powerful agent in cleansing dirty wounds. The leaves were first washed in cold water, then bruised by chewing before being applied to wound.

[n.Sc. forms of Eng. waybread, id. Cf. also Wayburn.]

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