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[1] Lettuce plant

Lettuce (θρίδαξ/thrídax, also θρύ-, θρόδαξ/thrý-, thródax, θριδακίνη/thridakínē, Lactuca sativa L.), the lettuce plant known in several varieties (Theophr. Hist. pl. 7,4,5 et passim), whose cultivation and protection against pests, as well as culinary and medical uses, are described by Theophrastus. Thus, according to Theophr. Hist. pl. 7,6,2, its juice is said to help against dropsy and eye sores. Lettuce has been cultiva…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), “Lactuca”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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