E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pantagruelion Herb (The).
Hemp; so called because Pantagruel was the inventor of a certain use which it serves for, exceeding hateful to felons, unto whom it is more hurtful than strangle-weed to flax.
The figure and shape of the leaves are not much different from those of the ash-tree or the agrimony, the herb itself being so like the Eupatorio that many herbalists have called it the Domestic Eupatorio, and the Eupatorio the Wild Pantagruelion.Rabelais: Pantagruel, iii. 49.