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caltrops,

n Latin name:
Tribulus terrestris; parts used: fruit, root; uses: in Ayurveda, pacifies vata and pitta (sweet, heavy, oily), antiurolithic, nephroprotective, antimicrobial, cardiac stimulant, sexual function, aperient, astringent, antiinflammatory, emmenagogue, stomachic, tonic, diuretic, alterative, hepatitis, rheumatism, skin disorders; precautions: none known. Also called
gokhru or
gokshura.
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Caltrops.

caltrops

see tribulusterrestris.
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Lastly, there's the grenade called Caltrops, mini-grenades that when stepped on causes minimal damage.
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