from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The gall of the gall-oak; an oak-apple; a gallnut.
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Is alchiber to be understood as relating to the gall-apple and chalkanthum (blue vitriol)?
Cheaper materials were used by the poorer Hebrews, especially of the Bedouin tribes -- burnt almonds, lamp-black, soot, the ashes of particular woods, the gall-apple boiled and pulverized, or any dark powder made into an unguent by suitable liquors.