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What is the origin of the word "mistletoe"?

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Asked by Realworldshardest, Last updated: Jun 03, 2019

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Answered on May 18, 2019

Anglo-Saxon for "dung on a stick."

First spread throughout forests in the digestive tracts of festive holiday doves, mistletoe was a mysterious plant for many then-uneducated Europeans. They saw that the plant would grow on the branches of trees where birds pooped. Thus, the plant came to be known as mistletoe, literally meaning Dung on a Stick (mistel is the Anglo-Saxon word for dung and tan is twig.)
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