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The lotometra1 is a cultivated lotus; with the seed of it, which resembles millet, the shepherds in Egypt make a coarse bread, which they mostly knead with water or milk. It is said, however, that there is nothing lighter or more wholesome than this bread, so long as it is eaten warm; but that when it gets cold, it becomes heavy and more difficult of digestion. It is a well-known fact, that persons who use it as a diet are never attacked by dysentery, tenesmus, or other affections of the bowels; hence it is, that this plant is reckoned among the remedies for that class of diseases.

1 Or "Mother of the Lotus;" the Nymphæa lotus of Linnæus. See B. xiii. c. 32. "Ex loto sata" may probably mean that it springs from the seed of the lotus, in which case, as Fée remarks, it must be identified with the Lotus.

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