Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ash-tree into a hole in the body of which a shrew-mouse has been plugged alive.

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Examples

  • Our forefathers provided themselves with what they called a shrew-ash, in order to meet the case.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • A shrew-ash was made thus: -- Into the body of the tree a deep hole was bored with an auger, and a poor devoted shrew-mouse was thrust in alive, and plugged in, no doubt, with several quaint incantations long since forgotten.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2

  • Now a shrew-ash is an ash whose twigs or branches, when gently applied to the limbs of cattle, will immediately relieve the pains which

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2

  • A shrew-ash was the remedy for this misfortune, viz. an ash whose twigs or branches gently applied to the affected members relieved the pain: our provident forefathers, anticipating such an accident to their cattle, always kept a shrew-ash at hand, which, once medicated, retained its virtue for ever: it was thus prepared: into the body of an ash a deep hole was bored with an auger, and a poor devoted shrew-mouse being thrust into it, the orifice was plugged up, probably with quaint incantations now forgotten.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 539, March 24, 1832

  • The shrew-ash was nothing more than an ash tree in the trunk of which a hole had been bored and a poor little shrew-mouse put in, with many charms and incantations happily long since forgotten. "

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

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