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Of the palm which produces myrobalanum,1 the most esteemed kind is that grown in Egypt;2 the dates of which, unlike those of the other kinds, are without stones. Used with astringent wine, they arrest3 diarrhœa and the catamenia, and promote the cicatrization of wounds.

1 See B. xii cc. 46, 47.

2 Fée is of opinion that this is not the "myrobalanum" of B. xii. c. 46, the behen or ben nut, but the phœnicobalanus of c. 47 in that Book and, indeed, there can be little doubt that Pliny has committed an error here in substituting one for the other.

3 "Ciet," "promote," is the reading adopted by Sillig, but "sistit" is supported by the parallel passage in Dioscorides.

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