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The alypon1 has a small stem, with a soft head, and is not unlike beet in appearance. It has an acrid, viscous taste. extremely pungent and burning. Taken in hydromel, with a little salt, it acts as a purgative. The smallest dose is two drachmæ, a moderate dose, four, and the largest, six. When used as a purgative, it is taken in chicken broth.

1 Identified with the Globularia alypumn of Linnæus, the Three-toothed leaf Globularia, or Turbith.

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