An Introduction to the Study of Botany: In which the Science is Illustrated by Examples of Native and Exotic Plants...Designed for the Use of Schools and Private Students

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Robinson, Pratt, & Company, 1832 - Botany - 260 pages
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Page 183 - ... a truffle: it is covered with a thin skin, and has a core about as big as the handle of a small knife: the eatable part lies between the skin and the core; it is as white as snow, and somewhat of the consistence of new bread. It must be roasted before it is eaten, being first divided into three or four parts. Its taste is insipid, with a slight sweetness somewhat resembling that of the crumb of wheaten bread mixed with a Jerusalem artichoke.
Page 207 - I have counted above 10,000,000), so subtile (they are scarcely visible to the naked eye, and often resemble thin smoke), so light (raised, perhaps, by evaporation into the atmosphere), and are dispersed in so many ways (by the attraction of the sun, by insects, wind, elasticity, adhesion, &c.), that it is difficult to conceive a place from which they can be excluded.
Page 15 - And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, "Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
Page 163 - The tea leaves, being gathered, are cured in houses which contain from five to ten or twenty small furnaces, about three feet high, each having at the top a large, flat, iron pan. There is also a long, low table, covered with mats, on which the leaves are laid, and rolled by workmen, who sit round it. The iron pan being heated to a certain degree by a little fire made in the furnace underneath, a few pounds of the...
Page 258 - Species. rA group or subdivision of plants agreeing with each other not only in their fructification, but in all other essential and permanent parts.; and always reproducing the same kind.
Page 67 - A panicle, the elongation of all the ramifications of which is arrested, so that it assumes the appearance of an umbel, is called a cyme.
Page 117 - natives chiefly of the northern part of the northern hemisphere, inhabiting groves, thickets, plains, marshes, and waste places. They appear to be extremely rare in all tropical countries, except at considerable elevations, where they gradually increase in number as the other parts of the vegetation acquire an extra-tropical or mountain character.
Page 252 - Icosandrous. Having about twenty stamens growing on the calyx and not on the receptacle. Belonging to the class Icosandria. Imbricate. Lying over each other like scales, or the shingles of a roof. Included. Wholly received or contained in a cavity. The opposite of cxserted.
Page 110 - The Grand Duke of Moscow prohibited its entrance into his dominions under pain of the "knout" for the first offence, and death for the next; and in other parts of Russia the practice of smoking was denounced, and all smokers condemned to have their noses cut off! The Shah of Persia, and other Eastern sovereigns, were equally severe in their enactments.
Page 230 - ... sold in the shops under the name of prunes, which are chiefly prepared in France, from the varieties called the St. Catherine and the green-gage ; and in Portugal from a sort which derives its name from the village of Guimaraens, where they are principally dried. They contain so large a quantity of sugar, that brandy is distilled from them when fermented ; and it has even been proposed to manufacture sugar from them.

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