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"The Elixirs of Nostradamus", ed. Knut Boeser (German edition 1994, English
edition 1996) also contains a handy glossary of the terms Nostradamus used.
Here are some highlights:-
1 fluid drachm (60 minims) = 3.55145 millilitres
1 fluid ounce (8 drachms) = 2.84123 centilitres
1 gallon (8 pints) or 160 fluid ounces) = 4.54596 litres
1 scruple (20 grains) = 1.29598 grammes
1 drachm (3 scruples) = 3.88794 grammes
1 ounce (8 drachms) = 31.10348 grammes
Alkanet: a medium-sized biennial/perennial plant, the root of which yields
a red dye.
Amber, or "grey amber": ambergris.
Aqua regia: "kings' water"; chemical compound which dissolves most metals,
including gold and silver.
Borax: borate of soda
Calcinated: reduced to friable substance by roasting or burning; desiccated.
Capitellum: alchemists' term for lye.
Lye: water made alkaline through being mixed with vegetable ashes.
Spikenard: tall, sweet-smelling plant, from which an aromatic ointment used
to be made.
Venice Treacle: antidote to bites of poisonous animals ["theriac"?].
Vitriol: water-soluble sulphate of two equivalent heavy metals, esp.
copper, iron, & zinc.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....