from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given in different parts of Great Britain to certain rounded perforated stones or glass beads found occasionally, and popularly supposed to have a supernatural efficacy in curing the bites of adders.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Mason got up with much care the description of druidic rites, such as the preparation of the adder-stone and the cutting of the mistletoe with a gold sickle, from Latin authorities like
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.