Spelt, or St. Peter's Corn.

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A plant of the corn kind, resembling barley; sown in some parts of Europe, but not much known in England. It grows a foot and a half high. The stalk is round, hollow, jointed, and green; the leaves are grassy, but broad. At the tops of the stalk stands an ear like that of barley, but smaller and thinner, though with long beards; the grain is not unlike barley in shape, or between that and wheat, only much smaller than either.

The seed or grain is the part used; it is supposed to be strengthening and in some degree astringent, but we know very little of its qualities, nor are they considerable enough to encourage us to inquire after them.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.