smallage


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smallage

(ˈsmɔːlɪdʒ)
n
(Plants) an archaic name for wild celery
[C13: from earlier smalache, from smal small + ache wild celery, from Old French, from Latin apium]
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my broomstick hath strangely disappeared, stolen, as I suspect, by that unhanged witch, Goody Cory, and that, too, when I was all anointed with the juice of smallage, and cinquefoil, and wolf's bane"
A literal reading of the tale renders Goody Cloyse a self-proclaimed witch: "my broomstick hath strangely disappeared, stolen, as I suspect, by that unhanged witch, Goody Cory, and that, too, when I was all anointed with the juice of smallage and cinque-foil and wolf's bane--" she declares (10:79).
John Ray (1628-1705), a pioneer in the field of natural history, documented the human-induced migration of celery, then known as smallage, from Italy to England via France.