Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of lichens.
  • noun Cockstone; a peculiar stone, erroneously supposed to be sometimes found in the stomach or liver of an aged cock or capon. Many imaginary virtues were attributed to it.

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  • noun a precious stone said to be found in the gizzard of cocks

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  • noun lichens having dark brown erect or pendulous much-branched cylindrical thallus

Etymologies

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Latin alectoria, formed from Greek αλεκτρυων ‘cock’.

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