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glossopetrae -> γλωσσόπετρες, λίθινες γλώσσες, απολιθωμένα δόντια καρχαρία

According to Renaissance accounts, large, triangular fossil teeth often found embedded in rocky formations were believed to be petrified tongues of dragons and snakes and so were referred to as "tongue stones" or "glossopetrae", Glossopetrae were commonly thought to be a remedy or cure for various poisons and toxins. They were used in the treatment of snake bites. Due to this ingrained belief, many noblemen and royalty wore these "tongue stones" pendants or kept them in their pockets as good-luck charms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossopetrae