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1 "Mala." The term "malum," somewhat similar to "pome" with us, was applied to a number of different fruits: the orange, the citron, the pomegranate, the apricot, and others.
2 Or peach.
3 See B. xiii. c. 34.
4 Or "pound-weight" pears: the Pirus volema of Linnæus.
5 Or "hard-berry"—probably in reference to the firmness of the flesh. It is generally thought to be the nectarine.
6 "Præcocia." It is generally thought that in this name originates the word "apricot," the Prunus Armeniaca of Linnæus. There is, however, an early peach that ripens by the middle of July, though it is very doubtful if it was known to Pliny.
7 "From above."
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