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The peplis,1 known by the various names of "syce,"2 "meconion," and "mecon aphrodes," is a shrub-like plant, springing from a single, diminutive, root. The leaves of it resemble those of rue, but are a little larger; the seed, which lies beneath the leaves, is round, and smaller than that of the white poppy. It is ordinarily gathered in vineyards, at harvest-time, and is dried with the seed on, receivers being placed beneath to catch it as it falls. This seed, taken in drink, purges the bowels, and carries off bile and pituitous secretions: one acetabulum, taken in three heminæ of hydromel, is a middling dose. It is sprinkled also upon meat and other articles of food, as a laxative medicine.

1 Probably the Euphorbia peplis of Linnæus; see B. xx. c. 81. It is a strong purgative.

2 "Fig-plant," "poppy-juice," and "poppy-froth." In reference, no doubt, to its milky juice.

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