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(note:  herbs/plants ref. w/"The English Physitian", Culpeper, Nicholas, 1616-1654. -- where possible.)

or   (Botanical.com, A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieve)



Kali / Saltwort - A name given to several plants which grow on the seashore, as the Batis maritima, and the glasswort.

"...The herb Kali or Saltwort is commonly called Soda..."

Kastrel / Kestrel    

Kastrel - A small, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its colour is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called windhover and stannel.

"...Columella says, that there is a kind of Hawk which the common people call a Kastrel, that builds her nest about houses, that is very good to keep away Hawks from a Pigeon house..."

"...The Pigeon loves the the Kastrel so well, that she loves the Dove-house much the better, where a dead Kastrel is..."


Kemb - To comb.

"...The art of Kembing, and making of it, out of fifty pounds of Flax bundles, to make fifteen pounds of Flax.  then again it is polished in Thread, it is often beat upon a hard stone with water, and when it is woven it is bruised again with Beetles..."

"...And then they are Kembed so often, till they become white, pure, nervous, as Fiddle or Harp strings..."


Kernel - . The essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or integument; as, the kernel of a nut.

See:  Stone

"...for the stones or Kernels of the Pomegranates are changed from their right blue, into a baser color, and the Pomegranate itself, though it be never so good, degenerates into a hard, and commonly a sharp fruit..."

"...As Damageron teaches.  The fruit of Turpentine is ground in a mill, as the Olives are, and pressed out, and so it sends forth oil.  The Kernels serve to feed Hogs and to burn..."


Kettle - A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.

"...Put them  (Gourds) in a Kettle of boiling water, and boil them, for by long boiling the grassy greeness, and the rank smell and loathsome taste are taken away..."

"... Pour into a Brass Caldron seven vessels of water, put in two pounds of Raisins, let them boil till they be wasted in the water, and the water be sweet as Mead.  If your Kettle be too small, do it at several times..."


Kid - A young goat.

"...Many men have written of Holy-wort. It has a Fly Beetle in the stalk, that runs up and down in it, making a noise like a Kid, (where it receives the name), and this herb is passing good for the voice..."

"... Kill a Peacock, either by thrusting a Quill into his brain from above, or else cut his throat, as you do for young Kids, that the blood may come forth..."

Kidney Bean   

See:  Bean

"...Steep Kidney Beans in Malmsey, one day.  Then take away the black whence they sprout, and Distil them with Lemons and Honey..."

King of the Indians   

See:   Jarchus

"...When one complained before the King of the Indians, that he had sons born to him, but when once they began to drink a little wine, they all died.  Jarchus answered him thus.  It is better for them that they died, for had they lived, they would have all run mad, because they were begot of seed that was too cold..."

King's Evil  

King's evil - scrofula; - so called because formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.

(Scrofula - A constitutional disease, generally hereditary, especially manifested by chronic enlargement and cheesy degeneration of the lymphatic glands, particularly those of the neck, and marked by a tendency to the development of chronic intractable inflammations of the skin, mucous membrane, bones, joints, and other parts, and by a diminution in the power of resistance to disease or injury and the capacity for recovery. Scrofula is now generally held to be tuberculous in character, and may develop into general or local tuberculosis (consumption). )

"...Some cannot away to look upon a Cat, a Mouse and such like, but presently they swoon. So, many have the gift from Heaven to heal the Kings-evil, and diverse other forces..."


Kite - Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvinæ, of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail.

"...The Doves, for a preservative against enchantments, first gather some little Bay tree boughs, and then lay them upon their nests, to preserve their young, so do the Kites use White Brambles, the turtles Swordgrass, the Crows Withy, the Lapwings Venus-hair, the Ravens Ivy, the hens Carrot, the Partridges Reed-leaves, the Blackbirds Myrtle, the Larks grass, the Swans Park-leaves, the Eagle uses Maidenhair, or the stone Etites for the same purpose..."


Kitling - A young kitten; a whelp.

"...Livy says, that at Seffa-Arunca, a city of Italy, there was birthed a Lamb that had two heads, and at Apolis, another Lamb having five feet, and there was a Kitling with but three feet..."


See:  Bitumen,

"...now I shall search out the kinds of Bitumen.  The first kind is liquid, called Naphtha, we call it Oil of Peter, which remains in stones and Kitram..."

Knead \  Kneaded      

Knead - . To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough.

"...He filled half the Hog with much Barley Flour, Kneaded together with Wine and Barley. .."

"...There is also Bread made of the seed of it, like to Millet seed, in Egypt by the Shepherds, and they Knead it with water especially, or with Milk. .."


Kyranides -  A treatise of the second century.  Illustrates the charachter of Hellenistic magic.  Supposedly a compilation of writings by a certain Harpocration of Alexandria and by Kyranos, king of Persia.  The book bears two prologues, one each from a Persian inscription.  The treatise consists of four books divided into chapters arranged according to the letters of the Greek alphabet. (source:  Science and Secrets of Nature, William Eamon)

"...Many such Compound medicines made of creatures living on Earth, in the water, in the air, together with Herbs and stones, you may find most wittily devised, in the books of Kyranides and Harpocration..."


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