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(Gen.); match-ma-can (Adelaide) [see quot.] n. a plant: 1978 Match-me-if-you-can (Acalypha wilkesina var. macafeana). Grown as an ornamental shrub, Acalypha is noted for its brilliantly coloured leaves, of which it is said no two have identical markings . .. worn on the sole of the shoe for cure of a cold (Higgs 7). 1979 The leaves of match-me-if-you-can are crushed slightly and . . for headaches, applied across the forehead and tied with a piece of cloth (Levarity 17). (Gen.)

Tags: noun, plant, shrub

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Last update: 2010-11-04 01:17
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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Comment of Cartishka Leary:
Victoria Brown 64 and is from the island of Eleuthera, she is not certain with the term match-me-if-you-can.
Added at: 2014-03-13 03:57

Comment of Kinverley Cox:
Rozelda Flowers a 72 year old resident of Bimini is familiar with "match me if you can". According to Mrs.Flowers "match me if you can" is a tree of which the leaves are used for pain (body ailment)and that it can be found in Bimini. Mrs. Flowers says that the leaves are placed on the body to draw out pain and can be boiled and bathed in to relieve pain.
Added at: 2013-09-18 21:48