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 for gall of the earth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gall \Gall\ (g[add]l), n.[OE. galle, gal, AS. gealla; akin to D.
     gal, OS. & OHG. galla, Icel. gall, SW. galla, Dan. galde, L.
     fel, Gr. ?, and prob. to E. yellow. [root]49. See Yellow,
     and cf. Choler]
     1. (Physiol.) The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the
        gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the
        secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the
        mucous membrane of the gall bladder.
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     2. The gall bladder.
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     3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor.
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              He hath . . . compassed me with gall and travail.
                                                    --Lam. iii. 5.
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              Comedy diverted without gall.         --Dryden.
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     4. Impudence; brazen assurance. [Slang]
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     Gall bladder (Anat.), the membranous sac, in which the
        bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the
        cholecystis. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.
     Gall duct, a duct which conveys bile, as the cystic duct,
        or the hepatic duct.
     Gall sickness, a remitting bilious fever in the
        Netherlands. --Dunglison.
     Gall of the earth (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant
        with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the
        Prenanthes serpentaria.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rattlesnake \Rat"tle*snake`\ (r[a^]t"t'l*sn[=a]k`), n. (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of venomous American snakes
     belonging to the genera Crotalus and Caudisona, or
     Sistrurus; sometimes also called rattler. They have a
     series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail
     which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken. The common
     rattlesnake of the Northern United States ({Crotalus
     horridus), and the diamondback rattlesnake (also called
     diamondback rattler, and diamondback) of the South and
     East ({Crotalus adamanteus) and West ({Crotalus atrox}), are
     the best known. See Illust. of Fang.
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     Ground rattlesnake (Zool.), a small rattlesnake ({Caudisona
        miliaria or Sistrurus miliaria) of the Southern United
        States, having a small rattle. It has nine large scales on
        its head.
     Rattlesnake fern (Bot.), a common American fern
        ({Botrychium Virginianum) having a triangular decompound
        frond and a long-stalked panicle of spore cases rising
        from the middle of the frond.
     Rattlesnake grass (Bot.), a handsome American grass
        ({Glyceria Canadensis) with an ample panicle of rather
        large ovate spikelets, each one composed of imbricated
        parts and slightly resembling the rattle of the
        rattlesnake. Sometimes called quaking grass.
     Rattlesnake plantain (Bot.), See under Plantain.
     Rattlesnake root (Bot.), a name given to certain American
        species of the composite genus Prenanthes ({Prenanthes
        alba and Prenanthes serpentaria), formerly asserted to
        cure the bite of the rattlesnake. Called also lion's
        foot, gall of the earth, and white lettuce.
     Rattlesnake's master (Bot.)
     (a) A species of Agave ({Agave Virginica) growing in the
         Southern United States.
     (b) An umbelliferous plant ({Eryngium yuccaefolium) with
         large bristly-fringed linear leaves.
     (c) A composite plant, the blazing star ({Liatris
     Rattlesnake weed (Bot.), a plant of the composite genus
        Hieracium+({Hieracium+venosum">Hieracium ({Hieracium venosum); -- probably so named
        from its spotted leaves. See also Snakeroot.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gall of the earth
      n 1: common perennial herb widely distributed in the southern
           and eastern United States having drooping clusters of
           pinkish flowers and thick basal leaves suggesting a lion's
           foot in shape; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes [syn:
           lion's foot, gall of the earth, Nabalus serpentarius,
           Prenanthes serpentaria]

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