from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystalline principle found in the blessed thistle, Cnicus benedictus, and various other plants. It is neutral and bitter, and analogous to salicin in composition. It is said to be useful as a medicine in intermittent fevers.
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It contains a bitter principle "cnicin," resembling the similar tonic constituent of the Dandelion, this being likewise useful for stimulating a sluggish liver to more healthy action.