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We have already1 stated that zopissa is the pitch, macerated with salt-water and wax, that has been scraped from off the bottoms of ships. The best kind is that taken from ships which have been to sea for the first time. It is used as an ingredient in plasters of an emollient nature, employed to disperse gatherings.

1 In B. xvi. c. 23. Fée thinks that the use of it is more likely to have been injurious than beneficial.

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