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 Hoopoe (Upupa Epops).Hop-o’-my-Thumb. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The plant, called by Tusser “Robin Hop.” (Danish hop.) To hop on one leg is the Anglo-Saxon hopetan or hoppian.   1
“Get into thy hopyard, for now it is time
To teach Robin Hop on his pole how to climb.”
Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, xli. 17.
   Thick as hops. Very numerous; very compact.   2
“And thousand other things as thicke as hops.”
Taylor the Water Poet (1630).

 Hoopoe (Upupa Epops).Hop-o’-my-Thumb. 


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