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Lebleb arabice volubilis que multas habet species, verum tamen in siria et egypto vocant hoc nomine quamdam volubilem quam minorem dicimus: que nascitur ubique et in vineis et in locis cultis habens lac et est de facilioribus laxativis: ita quod datur in febre acuta.


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Lebleb is the Arabic word for Latin volubilis, which includes many different kinds; in Syria and Egypt they call it by that name {i.e. lebleb}. We call a certain volubilis "the lesser volubilis" (i.e. minor); it grows everywhere and in vineyards and cultivated places and it contains a milky substance, and it belongs to the easier laxatives: so that it is administered in acute fever.


Wehr (1976): ﻟﺒﻼﺏ /lablāb/ "English ivy, (Hedera helix, bot.)". (Egyptian) "lablab, hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab), bot.)". Siggel (1950: 65): ﻟﺒﻼﺏ /lablāb/ 1.) Convolvulus arvensis, Ackerwinde {i.e. "common bindweed"} 2.) Hedera helix (Araliac.) Efeu {i.e. "ivy"}.

ﻟﺒﻼﺏ /lablāb/, just like volubilis, seems to include a number of related and unrelated plants whose characteristic is that they are climbers; cf. also Wehr: ﻟﺒﻟﻮﺏ /lablūb/ (Egyptian) "young shoot, sprout, vine".

See also: Lablab, Lebelabum, Volubilis

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