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“The botanical title Spurge is derived from _expurgare_, to act as a purgative, because of the acrid juice possessing this property.”
“& paineth you much, take this Herb called Spurge and squeeze it, and mingle Wheat-flower with the Milk which issueth thence; with this make a Paste and fill the cavity of your Tooth therewith, leaving it there a while, changing it every two hours, and the Tooth will drop out.”
“Speaking of Spurge: He posted this political cartoon on his blog today, in the process of wishing Knights of the Lunch Table cartoonist Frank Cammuso a happy birthday.”
“Yeah, just relax about Rome - now that you say you know the issue and how to fix it, just relax until you feel that spurge. yanno, spurt of energy and urge to write it Spurge.”
“The other three, all members of the Spurge family, remain unidentified to this day.”
“This name has been commonly applied to the Petty Spurge, or to the”
“The Irish Spurge (_Hiberna_), is so powerful that a small bundle of its bruised plant will kill the fish for several miles down a river.”
“For example, the Manioc, a South American Spurge, furnishes a juice which has been known to kill in a few minutes.”
“Yet another Spurge (_Lathyris_), a twin brother, bears caper-like seeds which are sometimes dishonestly pickled and sold as a (dangerous) substitute for the toothsome flowerbuds taken in sauce with our boiled mutton.”
“In France the rustics sometimes purge themselves with a dose of from six to twelve grains of the dried Wood Spurge: and its juice is used in this country as an application to destroy warts; also, to be rubbed in behind the ear for ear-ache, or face-ache.”
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