silphium


silphium

silphium

plant genus, 1771, from Latin, from Greek Silphion, name of a North African Mediterranean plant whose identity has been lost, the gum or juice of which was prized by the ancients as a condiment and a medicine. Probably of African origin.

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  • Within the mountains, on the high plateau, assafoetida (silphium) was found, and probably some other medicinal herbs.

    The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire

    George Rawlinson

  • When, in 658, Cyrenaica was incorporated with the Roman Republic, the province paid an annual tribute in silphium.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • The most important object of commerce of the Cyrenaica was the silphium, a plant the root of which sold for its weight in silver.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • The compass plants include, among others, the wild lettuce (Lactuca scariola) and rosin weed (Silphium laciniatum).

    Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, December 1898

    Various

  • The compass-plant, or rosin-weed, as it is commonly called, is the Silphium laciniatum of the botanists.

    The Ranche on the Oxhide

    Henry Inman

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