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Some authors are of opinion that sarcocolla1 is a tearlike gum which exudes from a kind of thorn;2 it is similar to powdered incense in appearance, has a sweet flavour with a slight degree of bitter, and is of the consistency of gum. Pounded in wine, it arrests defluxions, and is used as a topical application for infants more particularly. This substance too becomes black3 when old; the whiter it is, the more highly it is esteemed.

1 See B. xiii. c. 20.

2 The Penæa sarcocolla is not a thorny tree.

3 Fée says that this is not the case. It is no longer used in medicine.

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