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The Greeks give the name of "cisthos"—a word very similar to "cissos," the Greek name of the ivy—to a plant which is somewhat larger than thyme, and has a leaf like that of ocimum. There are two varieties of this plant; the male,1 which has a rose-coloured blossom, and the female,2 with a white one. The blossom of either kind, taken in astringent wine, a pinch in three fingers at a time, is good for dysentery and looseness of the bowels. Taken in a similar manner twice a day, it is curative of inveterate ulcers: used with wax, it heals burns, and employed by itself it cures ulcer. ations of the mouth. It is beneath these plants more particularly that the hypocisthis grows, of which we shall have occasion3 to speak when treating of the herbs.

1 The Cistus pilosus of Linnæus, the wild eglantine, or rock-rose.

2 The Cistus salvifolius of Linnæus.

3 B. xxvi. cc. 31, 49, 87, and 90.

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