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1 "Curing thirst." Dioscorides, B. i. c. 148, says that it was so called from being full of juice, which quenched thirst like water.
2 "Palm-nut." Fée thinks it not improbable that one of the date- palms is meant, if we may judge from the name. He suggests that possi- bly the Elais or avoira of Guinea, the Elais Guineensis, which is found as far as Upper Egypt, and which produces a fine oil known as palm-oil, is meant, or possibly the Douma Thebaica, a palm-tree frequently met with in Egypt. On fermentation, a vinous drink is extracted from the last, which is capable of producing intoxication.
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