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1 For an account of the Ferula, see B. xiii. c. 42.
2 An accidental circumstance, Fée says, and no distinctive mark of sex or species.
3 Fée thinks that Pliny's meaning is, that it is eaten as a confection, similar to those of angelica and parsley stalks at the present day. That, however, would hardly appear to be the sense of the passage. In B. xix. c. 56, he speaks of it being dried and used as a seasoning.
4 Fennel-giant is considered to be a good stomachic.
5 This, Fée thinks, is probably the fact.
6 The pith, in reality, of the Umbellferæ, is insipid and inert.
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