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- n. The cowslip (Primula veris).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cowslip (Primula veris); -- so called from its supposed remedial powers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cowslip, Primula veris, at one time believed to be a remedy for palsy.
palsy + wort, from its supposed medicinal powers. (Wiktionary)
Former medical writers called the Cowslip _herba paralysis_, or, "palsywort," because of its supposed efficacy in relieving paralysis.