Purportedly, an adjective was coined
because a plant found on an island caused facial convulsions that resembled
scornfully mocking laughter. What was the adjective and what was the
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sardonic and Sardinia
According to Claiborne, the Greeks called
the plant sardonion, plant from Sardinia.
If you ate it, you would make facial
convulsions that resembled sardonic (scornfully or cynically mocking) laughter
— and then you would die.
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