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Horminum resembles cummin, as already stated,1 in its seed; but in other respects, it is like the leek.2 It grows to some nine inches in height, and there are two varieties of it. In one of these the seed is oblong, and darker than that of the other, and the plant itself is in request as an aphrodisiac, and for the cure of argema and albugo in the eyes: of the other kind the seed is whiter, and of a rounder form. Both kinds, pounded and applied with water, are used for the extraction of thorns from the body. The leaves, steeped in vinegar, disperse tumours, either used by themselves, or in combination with honey; they are employed, also, to disperse boils, before they have come to a head, and other collections of acrid hu- mours.

1 In B. xviii. c. 22.

2 Dioscorides says, horehound. The Horminum, apparently, has not been identified.

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