Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unknown aromatic thorny shrub mentioned in the Apocrypha and by some of the old herbalists.
- n. The South African broom, a large genus of African plants, natural order Leguminosæ, with small heath-like leaves, and generally with yellow flowers.
- n. botany Any of the genus Aspalathus of flowering plants.
- n. obsolete A thorny shrub yielding a fragrant oil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A thorny shrub yielding a fragrant oil.
- n. A genus of plants of the natural order Leguminosæ. The species are chiefly natives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- n. genus of South African heathlike shrubs
- From Latin aspalathus, from Ancient Greek ἀσπάλαθος (aspalathos). (Wiktionary)
“And as the rainbow touching the herb aspalathus deprives it of its own smell and gives it another far more excellent, so sacred love touching our passions takes from them their earthly end, and bestows a heavenly one in its place.”
“Lignum rhodianum, is by some supposed to be the substance indicated by the aspalathus, the plant which yields it is the”
“Examples are red yeast rice, gugulipid and aspalathus linearis.”
“Truly," says our Blessed Father, in the same place, "as the rainbow touching the thorn _aspalathus_, makes it more odoriferous than the lily, so our Saviour's Redemption, touching our miseries makes them more beneficial and worthy of love than original innocence could ever have been.”
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