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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any small weed of the genus Scleranthus of the order Illecebraceæ; especially, S. annuus, native in the Old World, introduced in America.
- n. widely distributed low-growing Eurasian herb having narrow leaves and inconspicuous green flowers
“But when the Tartars came vpon them, the multitude of the Comanians entred into the foresaid prouince, and fled all of them, euen vnto the sea shore, being in such extreame famine, that they which were aliue, were constrained to eate vp those which were dead; and (as a marchant reported vnto me who sawe it with his owne eyes) that the liuing men deuoured and tore with their teeth, the raw flesh of the dead, as dogges would knawe vpon carrion.”
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