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Of Cowage, and the itching operation of some bodies

Of Cowage, and the itching operation of some bodies.png Of the Beard of a wilde OatThumbnailsOf Moss, and several other small-vegetative SubstancesOf the Beard of a wilde OatThumbnailsOf Moss, and several other small-vegetative SubstancesOf the Beard of a wilde OatThumbnailsOf Moss, and several other small-vegetative Substances

There is a certain Down of a Plant, brought from the East-Indies, call'd commonly, though very improperly, Cow-itch, the reason of which mistake is manifest enough from the description of it, which Mr. Parkinson sets down in his Herbal, Tribe XI. Chap. 2. Phasiolus siliqua hirsuta; The hairy Kidney-bean, called in Zurratte where it grows, Couhage: We have had (says he) another of this kind brought us out of the East-Indies, which being planted was in shew like the former, but came not to perfection, the unkindly season not suffering it to shew the flower; but of the Cods that were brought, some were smaller, shorter, and rounder then the Garden kind; others much longer, and many growing together, as it were in clusters, and cover'd all over with a brown short hairiness, so fine, that if any of it be rubb'd, or fall on the back of ones hand, or other tender parts of the skin, it will cause a kind of itching, but not strong, nor long induring, but passing quickly away, without either danger or harm; the Beans were smaller then ordinary, and of a black shining colour.

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Micrographia
by Robert Hooke
Published 1665
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