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BE’ZOAR. n.s.


BE’ZOAR. n.s. [from pa, against, and zabar, poison, Persick.]
A medicinal stone, formerly in high esteem as an antidote, and
brought from the East Indies, where it is said to be found in
the dung of an animal of the goat kind, called pazan; the
stone being formed in its belly, and growing to the size of an
acorn, and sometimes to that of a pigeon’s egg. Were the
real virtues of this stone answereable to its reputed ones, it
were doubtless a panacea. Indeed its rarity, and the peculiar
manner of its formation, which is now supposed to be fabu-
lous, have perhaps contributed as much to its reputation as its
intrinsick worth. At present, it begins to be discarded in the
practice of medicine, as of no efficacy at all. There are also
some occidental bezoars brought from Peru, which are reckon-
ed inferiour to the oriental. The name of this stone is also ap-
plied to several chymical compositions, designed for antidotes,
or counter-poisons; as mineral, solar, and jovial bezoars.
Savary. Chambers.