from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Umbelliferæ, type of the tribe Laserpitieæ, containing about 20 species, natives of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia; the laserworts.
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Pound together garlic and laserpitium juice, add to this mixture some Laconian spurge, and rub it well into the eyelids at night.
The Silphium, or _laserpitium_ of the Romans, yielded what was a famous restorative, the
The inhabitants of that country gathered great quantities of _silphium_ or 'laserpitium,' the sap of which plant was the basis of medicaments and sauces that commanded a high price.
Nature has also made the region a special gift in the laserpitium or silphium, which was regarded by the ancients as at once a delicacy and a plant of great medicinal power, and which added largely to the value of the country.
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He took also about the size of a walnut of the common _laserpitium_ or
_aloes, laserpitium, belzoe, calampat, luba_, and _bochor_; all of which seem to be different names of the same substance in different degrees of quality, and assuredly not the drugs now known by the name of _aloes_ and _benzoin_.