from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of monocotyledonous petaloid plants, belonging to the natural order Scitamineæ (Zingiberaceæ), tribe Zingibereæ, characterized by a terminal spike or thyrse of flowers with narrow elongated filaments and unappendaged connectives to the anthers.
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Our knowledge of At the ﬁ nal stage, the prescribed quantities of these writings of Mithridates (Watson, 1966) has 55 herbs, previously prepared by various pro - come down to us in the writings of Pliny and cesses, along with the prescribed quantity of squill Galen, as the translation by Lenaeus has been lost. and viper ﬂ esh powder (48 drachms), were added Pliny writes: to hedychium, long pepper and poppy juice (all at 24 drachms); 8 herbs including cinnamon and By his unaided efforts Mithridates devised the plan of opobalsam (all at 12 drachms); 18 herbs including drinking poison daily after ﬁ rst taking remedies in myrrh, black and white pepper, and turpentine order to achieve immunity by sheer habituation.