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  • n. Plural form of quinsy.


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  • Those quinsies are most dangerous, and most quickly prove fatal, which make no appearance in the fauces, nor in the neck, but occasion very great pain and difficulty of breathing; these induce suffocation on the first day, or on the second, the third, or the fourth.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • The leaves may be used in gargles for quinsies and sore mouths, but, "if anyone suffering from a wound in the head should partake of this fruit, it would certainly prove fatal," in accordance with a widespread superstition.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Sir Thomas Browne said that in his day the Elder had become a famous medicine for quinsies, sore throats, and strangulations.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Now, this very declaration of Miss Susan's gives me a potent argument in defence of my practices, for, being bald, would not a neglect of those means whereby warmth is engendered where it is needed result in colds, quinsies, asthmas, and a thousand other banes?

    The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

  • In my younger days I frequently suffered from inflammatory disorders, pleurisies, and especially quinsies, to which I was very subject, and which frequently brought me near enough to death to familiarize me to its image.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • Happily, Julie too earned a reward in the relief which she appreciated so keenly; for, after this event, quinsies became things of the past to her, and she had them no more.

    Juliana Horatia Ewing and Her Books

  • "Four quinsies" -- well, strong emotion will do much for quinsies.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln A Short Story of One of the Makers of Mediaeval England

  • No colds, quinsies or asthmas follow his incursions into the realms of fancy where in cool streams and peaceful lakes a legion of chubs and trouts and sawmon await him; in fancy he can hie away to the far-off Yalrow and once more share the benefits of the companionship of Kit North, the

    The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

  • Both white and red currants are pleasant additions to the dessert, but the black variety is mostly used for culinary and medicinal purposes, especially in the form of jelly for quinsies.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Either dig out tunnels to make quinsies (snow houses), or build on top like the Eskimos.



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