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1 We learn from two passages in Ovid that the laurel was suspended over the gates of the emperors. This, as Fée remarks, was done for two reasons: because it was looked upon as a protection against lightning, and because it was considered an emblem of immortality.
2 De Re Rust. 133.
3 Or "laurel of Apollo:" it was into this tree that Daphne was fabled to have been changed. See Ovid's Met. B. i. 1. 557, et seq.
4 Cato, De Re Rust. c. 121, tells us that this cake was made of fine wheat, must, anise, cummin, suet, cheese, and scraped laurel sprigs. Laurel leaves were placed under it when baked. This mixture was considered a light food, good for the stomach!
5 At the Pythian Games celebrated there.
6 Meaning that it curves at the edge, something like a pent-house.
7 Or tine tree, the Viburnum tinus of Linnæus, one of the caprifolia. It is not reckoned as one of the laurels, though it has many of the same characteristics.
9 The barren laurel of the triumphs was the Laurus nobilis of Linnæus, which has only male flowers.
10 The Laurus vulgaris folio undulato of the Parisian Hortus, Fée says.
11 Not a laurel, nor yet a dicotyledon, Fée says, but one of the Asparagea, probably the Ruscus hypoglossum of Linnæus, sometimes known, however, as the Alexandrian laurel.
12 Or "eunuch" laurel; a variety, probably, of the Laurus nobilis.
13 The "ground laurel:" according to Sprengel, this is the Ruscus racemosus of Linnæus. See B. xxiv. c. 81.
14 From Alexandria in Troas: the Ruscus hypophyllum of Linnæus, it is supposed.
15 "The tongue below." This, Fée justly says, would appear to be a more appropriate name for the taxa, mentioned above.
16 From the berry being attached to the leaf.
17 "The thrower out from below," perhaps.
18 Sprengel thinks that it is the Clematis vitalba of Linnæus. Fuch- sius identifies it with the Daphne laureola of Linnæus; and Fée thinks it may be either that or the Daphne mezereum of Linnæus.
19 "Crown of Alexander."
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