from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as coltsfoot.
- n. A horseshoe-crab, or king-crab, Limulus polyphemus.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Most importantly, it has been christened St. Horsehoof's Home for Wayward Writers, as the Casco in Casco Bay means horsehoof in Spanish.
Another meibutsu of Oki is much less known than it deserves to be -- the beautiful jet-black stone called bateiseki, or 'horsehoof stone.'
"Mediaeval Catholicism," says Vaupell, "brought us the red horsehoof -- whose reddish-brown flower buds shoot up from the ground when the snow melts, and are followed by the large leaves -- comfrey and snake-root, which grow only where there were convents and other dwellings in the Middle Ages."