Transactions of the Ashmolean Society Volume 1, Nos. 1-11

Transactions of the Ashmolean Society Volume 1, Nos. 1-11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...(Delphinus Gangeticus), which is probably an inhabitant of the Indus, is also considered as an external application of great eflicacy for pains of various kinds. The flesh of the lion is also boiled down for its oil. For inflammable oils we have bhumi tailam (earth oil), or petroleum, and silajit, or bitumen, which is supposed to exude from rocks. Elian adds, that the substance in question is used in sieges; and an earthen jar containing the oil being thrown against the gate of a town, the jar breaks, and its contents, taking fire, consume the place and its defenders. The Hindus appear to have had a knowledge of some kind of fire-arms in ancient times; and the Sataghni, or ' destroyer of a hundred, ' is commonly described as a sort of rocket, a weapon which was generally used in Indian armies at a later date. XIII. Plants XIX. We have only the heading of a chapter on the Indian palm, with the remark that the fruit is thrice as large as the Babylonian. " There are trees in the mountain regions growing " in the water, which at certain periods of the year " drop tears, like the almond or pine, or the like, and " this annually for thirty days; and these tears, fall" ing into the water, become congealed. This tree is " called, in the Indian language, sipta/zhora, which " signifies in Greek, sweet, agreeable ('y7wcv, ndu), " and the Indians gather amber from it. The fruit " of some of these trees grows in clusters like grapes; " the kernels are as large as the nuts of Pontus." There is nothing uncommon in India in the exudation of tears, or of a gum_ or resin, from a tree: and many valuable products of this nature, as olibanum, bdellium, mastich, kopal, katechu, more

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