Bromos1 is the seed also of a plant which bears an ear. It
is a kind of oat which grows among corn, to which it is injurious; the leaves and stalk of it resemble those of wheat, and
at the extremity it bears seeds, hanging down, something like
small locusts2 in appearance. The seed of this plant is useful
for plasters, like barley and other grain of a similar nature.
A decoction of it is good for coughs.
1 The Avena sativa of Linnæus; the cultivated oat, and not the Greek
oat of B. xviii. c. 42.
2 The term "locusta" has been borrowed by botanists to characterize
the fructification of gramineous plants.
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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