Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany See self-heal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small, herbaceous European plant with blue-violet flowers; Prunella vulgaris.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant supposed to possess great healing virtues, especially Brunella vulgaris, more commonly called self-heal.

Etymologies

heal +‎ all (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And anyway, it was better than pushing his mystic heal-all and bowel remedy back in Ireland, wandering from village to village, putting on his wizard act.

    Vampire a Go-Go

  • As she went she picked a bouquet of wild-flowers — whatever caught her eye — fleabane, angelica, tickseed, heal-all.

    Cold Mountain

  • The state of the clinic was debated during this afternoon's session of the legislature, when MPLs heard that the three nurses who were supposed to have been on duty handed out a headache tablet as a heal-all and wrapped miscarried babies in plastic and handed the corpses back to the still-bleeding mothers.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • As she went she picked a bouquet of wild-flowers -- whatever caught her eye -- fleabane, angelica, tickseed, heal-all.

    Cold Mountain

  • They were not as red as they might have been, thanks to an ointment of heal-all taken from the Macura woman.

    The Fires of Heaven

  • He was fascinated by the idea of a cure where he might be sole master, not checked by rectorial ridicule when he wished to establish night schools or clothing clubs, penny savings banks, or any other of the schemes in vogue for the good of the poor; thinking too, not unwisely, that the best heal-all for his sorrow was to be found in change of scene and more arduous work together.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • He told fortunes by the palm and by the cards, and was the sole proprietor and vendor of a noted heal-all salve of magic properties.

    Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield From "Schwartz" by David Christie Murray

  • It was the Saxon who gave to the _heal-all_ of the Celts the pretty name of mistletoe, or mistletan, -- meaning a shoot or tine of a tree.

    Yule-Tide in Many Lands

  • Everywhere we find the heal-all, sometimes dusty and stunted by the roadside, sometimes truly beautiful in its fresh purple, violet, and white when perfectly developed under happy conditions.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • In England, where most flowers are deeper hued than with us, the heal-all is rich purple.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

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