Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

¶Of Ebeno. chap. 52.

EBenus is a trée growing in Aethio∣pia, with blacke colour, & is a plaine trée, and smooth in groping and handling, and is hard and heauie, and so for strait∣nesse of pores, it sinketh anone in water downe to the ground, as it is said in lib. Vegitabilium, & is somwhat sower and biting in sauour, and taketh fire anone, if it commeth nigh therto, & maketh a loft & swéet smoke and smel, and sheweth redde colour, if it be froted on the r••de, & hath vertue to purge, and to comfort, and ther∣fore it is put in Collirijs, as Plin. sayth & Diosc. also. Coilirium is an oyntment, that helpeth eyen. Lib. 17. Isi. speaketh of this trée Ebenus and saith, that it grow∣eth in Inde and in Aethiopia, and tour∣neth into stone, if it be long beaten. And the trée thereof is blacke, and the rinde is smooth, as the rinde of a Laurell trée, with diuers speckes: but that that hath no speckes is best, if it be light & smooth as an horne. It is oft set by cradels, for blacke sights should not feare the chil∣dren, as Isid. and Virgil say. Plini. prai∣seth this trée Ebenus li. 12. ca. 5. and saith, that Hebenus is the most precious tree, and therefore the Aethiopes offered this trée Ebenus, with golde & yuorie to Em∣perors, in stéed of tribute: & so it is read, that ye Quéene of Saba, gaue such things to Salomon the King. 3. Reg. 10.

(*Hebenus a trée whereof the woode is black as iente within, and beareth nei∣ther leaues nor fruite. First booke of kings, and tenth chapter, after Geneua translation.)