- 1) see *fingernails.2) Various powers were ascribed to nails, especially large 'tenpenny nails', and those taken from *coffins. Reforged into a finger-ring, they were a cure for *cramp; driven into a witch's footprint, they broke her power; rubbed against one's gum and then driven into a tree, they took away *toothache; driven into the road, or into a stile, they were a medium through which one's ague or *warts could be transferred to the next person passing over them.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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