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According to Nicander, sea-weed is also a theriac.1 There are numerous varieties of it, as already2 stated; one, for instance, with an elongated leaf, another red, another again with a broader leaf, and another crisped. The most esteemed kind of all is that which grows off the shores of Crete, upon the rocks there, close to the ground: it being used also for dyeing wool, as it has the property3 of so fixing the colours as never to allow of their being washed out. Nicander recommends it to be taken with wine.

1 Or antidote.

2 In B. xxvi. c. 66.

3 Many varieties of sea-weed are now known, Ajasson says, to possess this property, and are still used by savage nations for colouring the body. In Europe, the use of indigo, madder, and other tinctorial plants of a more decided character, has caused them to be entirely neglected for dyeing purposes.

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