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The Greeks wittily give the name of "philanthropos"1 to a certain plant, because it attaches itself to articles of dress.2 A chaplet made of this plant has the effect of relieving headache.

As to the plant known as the "lappa canaria,"3 beaten up in wine with plantago and millefolium,4 it effects the cure of carcinomatous sores, the application being removed at the end of three days. Taken out of the ground without the aid of iron, and thrown into their wash, or given to them wine and milk, it cures diseases in swine. Some persons add, however, that the person, as he takes it up, must say—"This is the plant argemon, a remedy discovered by Minerva for such swine as shall taste thereof."

1 "Man-loving," or rather "attached to man." Identified with the Galium aparine of Linnæus, goose-grass, or common ladies bedstraw; the seeds of which attach themselves to the dress.

2 See B. xxi. c. 64.

3 The dog-bur. The Lappa tomentosa of Lamarck. See B. xxvi. c. 65.

4 See c. 95 of this Book.

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