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Edible; fit for eating.
[L. esculentus, edible]
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The dome was covered with a medicinal plant, decagon (althaea officinalis), a cough suppressant but also used by the Romans as an "esculent vegetable." The roof was destroyed in 1828.
Differential effects of cooked common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and lentil (Lens esculent puyensis) feeding on protein and nucleic acid contents in intestines, liver and muscles in rats.
And it is one of the most important economic crops in the oilseed production in China; also sunflower seeds are esculent and officinal [18].
A narrow, slippery, blade-like bridge ("tres estroit, et aussi poli comme glace et tout esculent", says Jacques of Voragine) links the two banks.
And if astronauts ever venture to Mars, John Reader asserts in his 2009 book Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent, potatoes will surely be a staple of their daily meals.
(8.) Keith Sagar, in his chapter on "Lawrence's Debt to Whitman," insists on Lawrence's failure at time to understand Whitman's poetry: "He [.] failed to see that far from indiscriminate 'merging' and 'trying to fit a cosmos inside his own skin,' Whitman was attempting, through comic hyperbole ('I find I incorporate gneiss, coal, long-threaded moss, fruits, grains, esculent roots, / And am stucco'd with quadrupeds and birds all over'), to inaugurate what we now call holistic or biocentric consciousness, to define the self not as autonomous ego but as an elaborate network of relationships and dependencies with everything else" (36-7).
One favorite story was about a "voyage to Ireland with a cargo of potatoes, and how, having accidentally left one in each bag, he found, on his return voyage, his vessel (which he supposed to be only in ballast) fast settling in the water, and how, upon taking up the hatches to look for the leak, he discovered that the seed of potatoes had propagated, each its bag full, so that he returned with a larger cargo of the esculent than he set out with." As a matter of fact, the image of profusion pretty much matched the average experience of European immigrants in the nineteenth century.
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