Definition of Silphium

1. Noun. Tall North American perennial herbs.




Definition of Silphium

1. Noun. a plant, thought to be extinct, used in ancient Greece and Rome in cooking and as a contraceptive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Silphium

1. a plant used as a food and medicine [n SILPHIUMS or SILPHIA]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Silphium

siloles
silolike
silos
silour
silours
silovik
siloviks
siloxane
siloxanes
siloxene
siloxenes
siloxy
silphia
silphion
silphions
silphium (current term)
silphiums
silsesquioxane
silsesquioxanes
silt
silt up
siltation
siltations
silted
silted up
siltier
siltiest
silting
silts
siltstone

Literary usage of Silphium

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1. Enquiry Into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs by Theophrastus (1916)
"Of certain specially important spineless tinder-shrubs — silphium and ... Most important and peculiar in their characters are the silphium and papyrus of ..."

2. History of Herodotus by Herodotus (1862)
"The identity of this plant with the silphium has been questioned on account of the manner in which the latter is figured upon the coins. ..."

3. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1841)
"In the article on LASER, it has been stated that two kinds are described of this substance, which is also called juice of silphium. One kind, from Cyrene, ..."

4. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"CHAP. 48. silphium : SEVEN REMEDIES. All these productions owe their origin to rain,49 and by rain is silphium produced. It originally came from ..."

5. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1842)
"In the article on LASER, it has been stated that two kinds are described of this substance, which is also called juice of silphium. ..."

6. The Saturday Magazine (1841)
"THE silphium, A NORTH AFRICAN PLANT. THE silphium appears to have been a plant held ' much repute by the ancients, from the accounts of 't which have been ..."

7. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1868)
"... pharmaceutical knowledge has the last few years been enriched with seva-i euch works. A monograph has recently been published in Paris ' On silphium, ..."

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