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sconcher knee

[cf. Belize scodgineal idem (Young); cf. W3 cochineal cactus . . . widely cultivated as food for the cochineal insect, which produces red dye] n. the cochineal cactus, No pales cockinelli­fera, often eaten as a vegetable.

◊ The word has a variety of forms, many influ­enced by folk etymology: scourgin' needle (San Sal.); sconger needle, scourger kneel, scouger kneel (Inagua); sconger knee, scudger knee (Mayag.); sconcher needle (Exuma); scopcher (Eleu.); scrudginy, scunginy, cudginy (Andros).

Tags: folk etymology, food, noun, plant, vegetable

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Last update: 2011-08-01 15:11
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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