A chemical operation by means of a cupel. It is employed to separate the purer from the baser metals, by scorifying the latter.


(From cuprum). Copperas.


Light. When applied to aliments, it imports their being easily digested; when to distempers, that they are mild.


(Cupressus 2509 because it produces equal branches). Called also cypa-rissus. Cypress tree. Cypressus sempervirens Lin. Sp. Pi. 1422. It is a tall evergreen tree, native of the warmer climates, bearing male and female flowers on the same branches: the leaves are slender, and so are the branches, which spread, forming a cone, the apex of which is the top of the tree; the fruit is a kind of nut called galbulae and glabulae, as large as a walnut, and astringent. The flowers have an agreeable odour, and have been used in conjunction with some other ingredients for making an oil, by infusion with olive oil, named oleum cyprinum.


Cypress wine. See Cedrinum.

Cupri Ammoniati Aqua

(From cuprum, copper,) olim,aquasaphirina,calledcollyriumcc£.ruleu7n.

Take of lime water, one pint; sal ammoniac, one drachm; let them stand together in a copper vessel until the ammonia is saturated. Pilar. Lond. 1788.

Cupri preparationes. preparations of copper. See AERis flos.

Cupri rubigo. See AErugo AEris.

Cur Post

An abbreviation of curse posteriores, the frequent title of a second part, or supplement.


Avenacea. A decoction of oats and succory roots, with a little nitre and sugar. It was formerly used as a common drink in fevers.


(See Ricinoides, under Cataputia minor.) Also an edible root, probably of a species of arum.


See Caseus and Lac.


The Portuguese appellation of some pains in the limbs, which are relieved by a warm bath, made with an astringent bark produced in the Brasils.


(From Curmi 2523 to mix.) A drink made of barley, which is used instead of wine; such a liquor is employed in Iberia and Britain, which is prepared of wheat. (Dioscorides.) It is not difficult to recognise in this description our beer or ale; perhaps our white (wheat) ale.


Or Curtuma. See Chelidonium Minus.


See Gentiana purpurea. Curta, (from curto, to mangle). See Colobomata.


See Bufo.

Cururu a'pe. (Indian.) A scandent tree which grows in Brasil, and bears pods with seeds like beans: these seeds destroy fish, and produce intoxication in the inhabitants; the Omaguas of Brasil. It is the paulinia curruru of Lin. Sp. Pi. 524; or rather the c. pinnata, 525.

Curutu Pala

(Indian.) A shrub which grows in Malabar. The bark of the root boiled in water cures a diarrhoea; boiled and taken with it, a dysentery. Tabernaemontana alternifolia Lin. Sp. Pi. 308.


Cuscuta major, cassuta, epithimum.. Dodder, and dodder of thyme. The cuscuta Euro-paea Lin. Sp. Pi. 180, α. and β. It is of the number of plants called parasitical; it hath no leaves; grows an thyme, and consists of a number of slender juicy filaments, producing small heads of white or reddish flowers, followed by roundish capsules full of minute seeds. A large kind, known by the name of hell weed, is common on heaths, upon furzes and nettles. This hell weed destroys the vegetables which afford it nourishment, whence its name: it is also called diaboli intesti-na, the devil's guts.

Dodders are found on almost all plants; supposed to partake of the virtues of those on which they grow. They are hardly known in practice; but recommended as a remedy for rheumatism and gout; as aperitives, antiscorbutics, and gentle laxatives.