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Limeum1 is the name given by the Gauls to a plant, in a preparation of which, known to them as "deer's2 poison," they dip their arrows3 when hunting. To three modii of salivating mixture4 they put as much of the plant as is used for poisoning a single arrow; and a mess of it is passed down the throat, in cases where oxen are suffering from disease, due care being taken to keep them fastened to the manger till they have been purged, as they are generally rendered frantic by the dose. In case perspiration supervenes, they are drenched all over with cold water.

1 Anguillara and C. Bauhin identify it with the Ranunculus thora of Linnæus, and other authorities with the Doronicum pardalianches of Linnæus. Pliny is the only writer that mentions it; and if it really had any existence, it would seem quite impossible, as Fée says, to identify it with correctness.

2 "Venenum cervarium."

3 See B. xxv. c. 25.

4 "Salivati." Holland renders this, "A mash wherewith they used to drench cattle."

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