See Cete admirabile.


(From Byne 1576 to fill, because in wetting it swells much). See Brasium.


A Chinese name of green tea. See Thea.

Byrethrum Byrethrus

This word occurs in Forestus, lib. x. obs. 132. Schol. It is a kind of medicated cap or cowl, filled with cephalic drugs, for the head; but no reason or authority can be found for the term, as it appears neither in the Greek nor Latin.vocabularies; perhaps the author meant baret-tlm, from the French burette, or berettum, from the Italian berette, each of which signifies a cap. See Cucupha.


(From Byrsa 1577 leather). See Aluta.


(From Byrsodepsicon 1578 a skin, and to curry leather; because it is chiefly used in tanning). See Rhus.


(From Bysauchen 1580 to hide, and the neck). People are thus called who, by elevating their shoulders, hide their necks. The name also of a person who hath a morbid stiffness of the neck.


(From Bysma 1582 , to stop up, obstruct, fill up, constipate, or stuff). The covers, or stopples of any vessels. Some take the bysma to be the same with the amurca. See Byzen.


A woolly kind of moss. It is a name for the pudendum muliebrc, from its mossy or hairy coat; and a sort of fine cloth worn by the ancients. See also Bombax.

Bystini Antidotus

An antidote often mentioned by AEtius, which seems to be much like Mithri-date.


In a heap, crowd, or a throng; called also bysma. It is derived from the word Byzen 1583 or , to fill up by stuffing-, to condense; thus it expresses any thing that is sufficiently dense. Hippocrates uses this word to express the hurry in which the menses flow in an excessive discharge.


Apia. (Indian.) It is a small low plant, with a root about two fingers' breadth long, as thick as a swan's quill, and sometimes as large as a man's little finger. This root is knotty, and covered with filaments that are three or four fingers' breadth long. Outwardly, it is of a yellowish grey colour, but inwardly white. After being chewed a little it is acrid, and hath nearly the same virtues with ipecacuanha, whence it hath also received that name. It is a species of dorstenia, the plant which furnishes the contrayerva, and is the d. Brasiliensis of Wildenow, vol. i. p. 682.

The Brasilians cure the wounds from poisoned darts with the juice of this root, which they pour into the wound. Piso says it hath the same efficacy against the bite of serpents. See Bojobi.