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1 "Heart-shaped." A tarquois, Hardouin thinks. See "Bucardia" in Chapter 55 above.
2 "The best."
3 "Formed like the testes."
4 "Red stone," apparently. The reading is very doubtful.
5 The reading is doubtful, but the word may possibly mean "stone of love," or something equivalent.
7 "Skilled in sacred matters."
8 "Of fair length." Ajasson thinks that this may have been a variety of Pyromachic silex, or gun flint, nearly allied to Chalcedony.
9 A preferable reading, probably, to "Eumitres." It perhaps took its name from Mithres, the god of the Sun among the Persians, and meant "blessing of Mithres." Ajasson thinks that it may have been green Tourmaline, and that its electric properties may have been very "serviceable to the charlatans who had the monopoly of the Temple of Bel."
10 See Chapter 55 of this Book.
11 "With beautiful leaves." By some authorities this is thought to be Opal, by others Heliotrope or Bloodstone. Ajasson thinks that it may have been a general name for Jasper quartz, or else that it was Quartz agate opalized.
12 This reading is very doubtful.
13 "Mouldy stone."
14 "Stone of the religious."
15 "Black on the surface." This is the case, Ajasson remarks, with many stones of the class known as "Cat's eye."
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