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simple sb. (common 1580-1750)
1. medicinal herb Wiv. I. iv. 65, III. iii. 79 “like Bucklersbury in -time” (=midsummer, the time at which apothecaries were supplied with simples), Rom. V. i. 40 “Culling of s-s,” Lr. IV. iv. 14.
2. ingredient or element in a compound AYL. IV. i. 18, Ham. IV. vii. 144, Lucr. 530.
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