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1 Probably the Fagonia Cretica and the Trapa natans of Linnæus. See B. xxi. c. 58. The first, Fée remarks, is a native of Candia, the ancient Crete, and a stranger to the climates of Greece and Italy. This may account for Pliny calling it a garden plant.
2 This is said, Fée remarks, in reference to the Trapa natans, the seed of which is rich in fecula, and very nutritious.
3 "Contrahat ventrem." It would not act, Fée says, as an astringent, but would have the effect of imparting nutriment in a very high degree, without overloading the stomach.
4 A harmless, or, perhaps, beneficial, superstition.
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