Almonds of the Throat
Almonds of the Throat are a glandulous Substance, placed on each Side of the
Uvula at the Root of the Tongue, resembling two Kernels; these receive the
Saliva or Spittle from the Brain, and disperse it to the Tongue, Jaws, Throat and Gullet, to moisten them, and make them slippery.
These being inflam’d and swell’d by a Cold, &c. straighten the Passage of the Throat, and render it painful and difficult
to swallow even the Spittle. This is called a
sore Throat, and by some
the falling of the Almonds of the Ears.
Definition taken from
The Universal Etymological English Dictionary,
edited by Nathan Bailey (1736)
Alleˊrions [in Heraldry] * Aluˊdels [with Chymists]