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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 567 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALEXANDERS (botanical name, Smyrnium Olusatrum, natural order Umbelliferae), a stout herbaceous plant with a furrowed, much-branched stem 1-3 ft. high, and large compound leaves with broad sheathing stalks, and broad, cut or lobed segments. The small yellow flowers are borne in compound umbels. The plant is a native of the Mediterranean region, and was formerly cultivated as a pot-herb. It is now found apparently wild in Great Britain and Ireland, growing in waste places, especially near the sea and amongst ruins. In England the plant is sometimes popularly termed " alisander "; in North America Thaspium aureum is sometimes called " alexanders." " Alexander's foot," botanical name Anacyclus Pyrethrum, is the pellitory of Spain.
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