silphium

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< Latin silphium < Ancient Greek σίλφιον (sílphion), probably < a native word in North Africa where the plant was once abundant.

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silphium (plural silphiums or silphia)

  1. A plant, thought to be extinct, used in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome in cooking and as a contraceptive.

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