(Indian.) Called also colubrina Lusitanica. An herb growing in Brasil, whose leaves resemble those of the male speedwell, somewhat hairy, green above, and white underneath. It is full of a milky juice. When fresh, it is bruised, and applied against venomous bites, Raii Hist, but unknown in the system of the botanists.
(Indian.) The sensitive plant, also called aschynomene spinosa Brasiliensibus secunda, herba viva, noli me langere, mimosa casta Lin. Sp. Pi. 1500.
It is a native of Brasil. If the leaves of this plant arc touched, they immediately contract, but soon after return to their former state, a singular appearance seemingly connected with electricity, though with some circumstances which oppose this idea. The tops of this plant are noxious, and the roots are said to be their antidote. A decoction is made of a handful of that part of the root which is under ground, boiled in six pints of water for a few minutes, half a pint of which is to be drunk every hour or two, until the patient is well. The root used in this way is an antidote to several poisons in America.
There is another species, called herba viva tertic species, schynomene spinosa tenia; m. pudica Lin Sp. Pi. 1501.
Y Brasiliensibus. (Indian. Called also senecio Brasiliensis.
It is a tall plant which grows in Brasil; the leaves of which have a hot and acrid taste. A decoction of them cures the itch, by washing the parts affected with it. Raii Hist. Its systematic name is unknown.
Called also arbuscula gum-mijera Brasiliensis. It is a tree growing in Brasil, from the bark of which, if incisions are made, a juice is emitted, which, when dry, resembles the gutta gamba in all respects, only in being somewhat redder. Raii Hist. It is the hypericum bacciferum of modern naturalists, but not yet introduced into the Linnaean system.
See Pareira brava.
The leaves and young stalks are pickled for the use of the table, though they are gently diuretic.
There is another species; it is called perexyl Lusi-tanis; it resembles purslane, and is of the same nature as the above.
(Brasilian.) A tree whose leaves are bitter; a decoction of them promotes perspiration, and is useful in the venereal disease. Raii Hist.
Cabali's-tica Ars. The cabalistic art. It is derived from the Hebrew word kabbalah., signifying to receive by tradition. It is a science which consists in a mysterious explication of the Scriptures, however they were received. This is the Jewish cabala; but, from this original, the word is applied to every mysterious or magical explanation. Paracelsus uses it in a medical sense, saying cabalistic signs cannot deceive, si Dis placet. Some enthusiastic philosophers and chemists have transplanted it into medicine, importing by it something magical.