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Agaric1 is found growing in the form of a fungus of a white colour, upon the trees in the vicinity of the Bosporus. It is administered in doses of four oboli, beaten up in two cyathi of oxymel. The kind that grows in Galatia is generally looked upon as not so efficacious. The male2 agaric is firmer than the other, and more bitter; it is productive too of head-ache. The female plant is of a looser texture; it has a sweet taste at first, which speedily changes into a bitter flavour.

1 The Boletus agaricum of Aiton, or White agaric. It is a strong purgative, but is rarely used for that purpose.

2 This distinction into male and female is no longer recognized, though it continued to be so till within the last century.

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