from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cathartic substance obtained, in the form of yellowish or greenish cakes, as the dried residue of the juice of the wild or squirting cucumber (Ecballium agreste, formerly called Momordica Elaterium).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance obtained from the fruit of the Ecballium Elaterium, or squirting cucumber, which, if it is gathered a little before it ripens, and the juice gently expressed, deposits a green sediment, which is collected and dried.
- n. In botany, a fruit consisting of three or more dehiscent cocci, as in
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So, again, _Elaterium_ was used by Hippocrates to signify various internal applications, especially purgatives, of a violent and drastic nature (from the word ἐλαύνω, _agito_, _moveo_, _stimulo_), but by succeeding authors it was exclusively applied to denote the active matter which subsides from the juice of the wild cucumber.
Burfting open with a fpring; as in Hura y Dentaria, Cardamine y Manor dica Elaterium.
And we see also in Animals, that their blood may be compos'd of Divers very Differing Mixt Bodies, since we find it observ'd that divers Sea-Fowle tast rank of the Fish on which they ordinarily feed; and _Hipocrates_ himself Observes, that a Child may be purg'd by the Milke of the Nurse, if she have taken _Elaterium_; which argues that the purging Corpuscles of the Medicament Concurr to make up the Milke of the Nurse; and that white Liquor is generally by
The Sceptical Chymist or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, Touching the Spagyrist's Principles Commonly call'd Hypostatical; As they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists. Whereunto is præmis'd Part of another Discourse relating to the same Subject.