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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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The word (zizanion) thus rendered occurs in , and several of the following verses. It is evident from the narrative that the wheat and the zizanion must have had considerable resemblance to each other in the herbaceous parts, which could hardly be the case, unless they were both of the family of the grasses. That such, however, is the case, is evident from what Volney says, that the peasants of Palestine and Syria do not cleanse away the seeds of weeds from their corn, but even leave that called Siwan by the Arabs, which stuns people and makes them giddy, as he himself experienced. The Ziwan of the Arabs is concluded to be our Darnel, the Lolium temulentum of botanists, and is well suited to the palate. It is a grass often found in corn-fields, resembling the wheat until both are in ear, and remarkable as one of the very few of the numerous family of grasses possessed of deleterious properties.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Tares'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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