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In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, there’s an iconic scene with the witches concocting a special brew and reciting the ingredients. While the ingredients sound horrific (like “eye of newt” and “wool of bat”), all the ingredients they recited, save for one (“blind-worm’s sting”), were simply archaic names for old herbs and plants (like mustard seeds and holly leaves). “Blind-worm” is an old name for a legless lizard native to Eurasia, Anguis fragilis, that looks like a short chubby snake.