Jew-s-ear definition

A kind of edible fungus growing on tree-trunks, formerly used for medicinal purposes.
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Noun

Singular:
jew-s-ear
Plural:
jew-s-ears

Origin of jew-s-ear

  • A mistranslation of mediaeval Latin auricula Judae (“Judas's ear”), from its shape, and its occurrence on the tree on which Judas Iscariot was supposed to have hanged himself.

    From Wiktionary