from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A powder obtained by calcination, as ivory-black, metallic calxes, etc.

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  • noun bone charcoal. It was used as bleaching material or for during purification of sugar.


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  • Washed spodium (tutty?) mixed with grease, and not of a thinner consistence than dough, is to be carefully triturated, and moistened with the juice of unripe raisins; and having dried in the sun, moisten until it is of the consistence of an ointment.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Another: - Or old swine’s seam along with the fresh grease of a goat; when cleaned, let it retain as little as possible of its membrane: having triturated or pounded it smooth, pour in oil, and sprinkle the lead with the spodium and half the shavings of the lotus.

    On Ulcers

  • Afterward the grease of a goat, and fresh swine’s seam, spodium, oil, and frankincense are to be rubbed in.

    On Ulcers


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