To this class also belongs melichrysos,1 a stone which has
all the appearance of pure honey, seen through transparent
gold. India produces these stones, and, although hard, they
are very brittle, but not unpleasing to the sight. The same
country, too, produces xuthon,2 a stone much used by the lower
1 "Honey gold stone." Some are of opinion that this was the Honey-
Hyacinth. Others, again, identify it with the yellow, honey-
Topaz; an opinion with which Ajasson coincides.
2 "Xanthon" is another reading. See Chapter 60 of this Book.
The Natural History. Pliny the Elder. John Bostock, M.D., F.R.S. H.T. Riley, Esq., B.A. London. Taylor and Francis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. 1855.
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