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Mulberry tree
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(ἡ or ὁ συκάμινος/sykáminos with the fruit συκάμινον/sykáminon; σ. Αἰγυπτία/s. Aigyptía = sycamore (fig): Theophr. Hist. pl. 4,2,1-2 = Plin. HN 13,56, from Hebrew šiqmah, cf. Dioscorides 1,27 Wellmann = 1,181 Berendes; or μορέα/moréa, μόρον/móron; acc. to Ath. 2,51b, the Alexandrians called it μῶρον/môron; Lat. morus, morum, the same name they used for the blackberry bush). The tree of the Moraceae family has white catkins and came to Greece from the Near East; according to the quotes at Ath. 2,51c-d, it was first mentioned by Aeschy…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Mulberry tree”, 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 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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