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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312




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Foods Named on the Vindolanda Tablets



Tablet #
acetabula[e] Small vinegar saucers 194
aceti Vinegar or sour wine 190
alliatum Garlic sauce 208
brace, bracis

Emmer or brewing wheat

191, 334, 343
ceruesa, ceruesae Beer; a brewer is a ceruesarius 182, 186, 190, 482
condimen[t], condimentorum Spices, seasonings 191, 193
condit Preserving or pickling liquid 191, 208
fabae frensae m(odios) duos Ground beans two modius 192, 302
faeci Dregs of wine (used as cream of tartar) 184, 185
frumenti Wheat 180, 184, 185,
191, 375
halicae, alicas

A form of hulled, crushed spelt or emmer wheat, eaten as a thick porridge or a watery gruel

193, 233
hordei, hordeum Barley 159, 184, 185, 190, 213
lentis Lentils 04
ligust. Lovage (ligustrum) 204
mala...formonsa ...centum Apples, well-formed, 100 302
mellis Honey 192
mulsi Honied wine sauce 302
olei, eoli Olive oil 203, 208
oliuae Olives 302
piper, [p]ipe[r]

Long pepper, Piper longum

radices Radishes 301
sal, salis pondo lxxxv Salt, salt 85 pounds 184
uini Wine 190


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