The mistletoe is parasitic both on deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.
The mistletoe so extensively used in England at Christmas is largely derived from the apple orchards of Normandy; a quantity is also sent from the apple orchards of Herefordshire.
According to this writer the Druids held the mistletoe in the highest veneration.
The mistletoe figures also in Scandinavian legend as having furnished the material of the arrow with which Balder (the sun-god) was slain by the blind god Hoder.
In view of the fact that the oak was the sun-god's tree and that the mistletoe grew upon it, it is suggested by A.
MISTLETOE 1 (Viscum album), a species of Viscum, of the botanical family Loranthaceae.
The most conspicuous case, perhaps, of all these is the mistletoe, which flourishes luxuriantly upon the apple, the poplar and other trees.
When thus found, the mistletoe was cut with a golden knife by a priest clad in a white robe, two white bulls being sacrificed on the spot.
Here were great oaks and splendid evergreens with trunks like mossy pillars, from the branches of which hung garlands of ivy and mistletoe, and persimmon trees, the odour of which pervaded every nook and corner of the wood--an illusive, fragrant something that made the heart glad.
The whole genus is parasitical, and contains about twenty species, widely distributed in the warmer parts of the old world; but only the mistletoe proper is a native of Europe.
The leaves in the bud are either placed simply in apposition, as in the mistletoe, or they are folded or rolled up longitudinally or laterally, giving rise to different kinds of vernation, as delineated in figs.
Bonnier has drawn attention to the fact that the mistletoe in its turn, remaining green in the winter, contributes food material to its host when the latter has lost its leaves.
420) that I icov is derived from 103 (mistletoe), the sun's fire being regarded as an emanation from the mistletoe.
Witches-brooms are the tufted bunches of twigs found on silver firs, birches and other trees, and often present resemblances to birds nests or clumps of mistletoe if only seen from a distance.
74), where there are two, and Poranthera, where there are four; whilst in the mistletoe the anther has numerous pores for the discharge of the pollen.
Many herbs have had the power of curing all diseases attributed to them, and have hence had the name of "all-heal"; such have been, among others, the mistletoe, the woundwort (Stachys palustris), the yarrow or milfoil, and the great valerian.
The center piece of the decorations was a large mistletoe bough.
Whatever grew on that tree was thought to be a gift from heaven, more especially the mistletoe.
Most probably this story had its origin in a particular theory as to the meaning of the word mistletoe.
Rhipsalis Cassytha, when seen laden with its white berries, bears some resemblance to a branch of mistletoe.
Older flower with the stamens (S) anther is developed o n the c orolla dried up.er(X2) dth e hairs before the filament, and when the latter is not produced, the anther is sessile, as in the mistletoe.
The true reason why the oak was held inviolable may have its origins with the Iron Age Druids and their use of mistletoe.
The Druids, for example, gathered mistletoe during their September celebration.
The ancient Druids believed that hanging mistletoe in your doorway protected you from evil spirits.
Some carried greenery including mistletoe, others bells and/or ceremonial staves of antlers ' horns.
Many people are familiar with the fact that the old Druids harvested mistletoe from the Oak with a golden sickle.
It was considered particularly unlucky for anybody to bring mistletoe into the house before Christmas.
If athletes get athlete's foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?
In dim and mysterious groves of oak, wherefrom the sacred mistletoe was gathered, the Druids decided upon the merits of the competitors.
From making your own mistletoe kissing ring to personal Christmas crackers, Christmas Decorating should inspire and show you how it is done.
mistletoe berry for every kiss.
mistletoe plant in his stomach.
mistletoe therapy belong to the realm of unfounded speculation.
The mistletoe tortrix moth and the mistletoe tortrix moth and the mistletoe weevil were both discovered, new to Britain, from Herefordshire.
It covers identification, lifecycle and biology, the damage mistletoe causes to trees, and its management.
sprig of mistletoe and a bottle of port, who knows how things will turn out.
Pliny is also our authority for the reverence in which the mistletoe when found growing on the robur was held by the Druids.
Among indigenous shrubs and vines are the blackberry, dewberry, strawberry, yellow jasmine, mistletoe and poisonoak; and among medicinal herbs are horehound, ginger and peppermint.
Whatever grew on that tree was thoughtto be a gift from heaven, more especially the mistletoe.
And if you take a sprig of mistletoe and a bottle of port, who knows how things will turn out.
Harry & David: You can find holiday gifts such as the Mistletoe Christmas Gift Basket, Royal Rivera Pears and the Holiday Gift Tower of Treats at this well-known retailer.
Remember plants like poinsettia and mistletoe are dangerous, as they are poisonous.
Viscum album, or Mistletoe, is a parasitic plant that grows among the branches of other trees.
Mistletoe is thought to work by dilating the blood vessels, which allows the blood to flow more readily.
Holiday decorations such as paper snowflakes, garlands and mistletoe can also add interest and create a festive theme.
I said he could go for it, especially around Christmas, and use the cliché but easy, "mistletoe" excuse to see if there's sparks beyond friendship.
Since romance is in the air, hang mistletoe in various locations around the room, or at least over the bride and groom's table.
Pew décor can be small wreaths or even a white bow with mistletoe in the center.
Plan to have a large mistletoe arrangement in the exit doorway for guests to enjoy as they leave the ceremony venue and head to the reception.
Hang a large mistletoe decoration above the newlyweds' chairs.
Small sprigs of pine can be used as filler for bouquets or centerpieces, and a flower girl could carry a kissing ball of mistletoe instead of rose petals.
After taking time off to have a family, she came back in 2008 to star in the Hallmark movie Moonlight and Mistletoe.
Mistletoe (Viscum Album) - This on trees is often welcome in the pleasure ground or orchard, and is not without beauty of color, but where abundant it is injurious, being a true parasite which thrives at the expense of its victim.
From trees to mistletoe and stockings to glittering lights, whether your tastes are subtle or you like to go all out, your home is sure to shine!
Mistletoe: Who doesn't enjoy kissing under the mistletoe?
Hanging mistletoe to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility.
If the party is more intimate, try the Naughty, Naughty Christmas Kit, which includes, among other treats, peppermint oil, mistletoe, and red fuzzy handcuffs.
Some werewolf myths do claim that rye, mistletoe, mountain ash or wolfsbane are effective deterrents against a werewolf attack.
Traditions: Why do people hang mistletoe?
If you know that your significant other has a preference in the style of sexy lingerie that you wear, you can give him quite the gift by choosing that style with a Christmas twist, putting it on, and standing below a bundle of mistletoe.
While the lyrics do mention the partygoers getting sentimental about some of the traditional trappings of Christmas, the focus is on having fun - dancing and trying to spend some time under the mistletoe with a loved one.
berryis a forest dweller and feeds on mistletoe berries and other small fruit.
kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas is a remnant of this pagan custom.
Mistletoe - Don't forget to hang a little in your doorways.
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