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A very common plant in the East, sown in the fields for the sake of the seed or grain, it grows four feet high; the stalk is round, hollow, and jointed; the leaves are long and grassy, and of a pale green colour, but they are broader than those of any of our kinds of corn. The flowers are inconsiderable; the seeds or grains are contained in bushes of a brown colour, each having a long beard to it, usually curled at the bottom, and divided at the top into two parts.

We eat rice as a food rather than medicine; but it is excellent for those who have habitual purgings or loosenesses; it is to be eaten any way for thispur pose, only it must be continued, and it will do more than all the medicines in the world. The ricemilk is excellent for this purpose.

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