Walking through some thick underbrush several weeks ago my bare arm brushed against a branch. Immediately my forearm started to sting and tingle. I glanced down and a rash had already formed. It looked and felt as though I had been stung by a jellyfish. I showed my arm to a couple of people. The consensus was that I had probably contacted a stinging caterpillar. Several days went by and a couple of people who had seen my rash wanted to know if I had the sprangles. They were glad to hear that I didn't.
To "sprangle" means to branch out in different directions. On Ocracoke, sprangles are red lines that spread out from a wound or rash. They generally indicate blood poisoning or some other serious problem.
I didn't have the sprangles, but I'm still not sure what critter stung me.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of midwifery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082112.htm.