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Rue, subst. the plant Ruta graveolens, called also herb of grace, and used, on account of its name (cf. verb) as a symbol of sorry remembrance: “reverend sirs, for you there's rosemary and r.” Wint. IV, 4, 74. “I'll set a bank of r., sour herb of grace: r., even for ruth, here shortly shall be seen, in the remembrance of a weeping queen,” R2 III, 4, 105. “there's r. for you, and here's some for me: we may call it herb-grace o' Sundays: O, you must wear your r. with a difference,” Hml. IV, 5, 181 (with a difference, because you are old, and I am young. Perhaps a passage from Cogan's Haven of Health serves to illustrate Ophelia's speech: The second property is that rue abateth carnal lust, which is also confirmed by Galen. Yet schola Salerni in this point maketh a difference between men and women, for they say: ruta viris coitum minuit, mulieribus auget).
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