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Post by JANE DOErell » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:31 pm

There is a post, currently nearby, about a "mustard tree".

In some previous incarnation I studied horticulture and had never heard of a "mustard tree" so I went Googling and a question that I thought interesting is why is this tree, perhaps an Acacia, some call it "Salvador Persica" called "mustard..."?

Apparently over the years yellow things and yellow stuff have been called "mustard" such as mustard gas and the condiment (often colored yellow with tumeric).

The mustard plant, brassica, has yellow flowers. Does the tree have yellow flowers?
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Post by russcable » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:49 pm

From http://islamweb.net/ver2/archive/articl ... &id=139420
Salvador Persica is an upright evergreen small tree or shrub, seldom more than one foot in diameter, reaching a maximum height of three meters. The leaves are small, oval, thick and succulent with a strong smell of cress or mustard.
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Fresh Miswaak is brown in color, with a hot, pleasant taste.
Miswaak is the name for a branch/root of the tree used like a toothbrush.

FWIW, etymonline claims mustard is not used as a color name until 1848.
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Post by Shelley » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:10 pm

. . . and mustard was not used as a colonel name until 100 years later -- 1948!
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Post by Phil White » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:47 pm

So the fruit of the mustard tree has a colonel rather than a seed?
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Post by Shelley » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:53 pm

"What a pithy question", remarked the Colonel as he donned his helmet.
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Post by Tony Farg » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:26 am

now you're just taking the pith
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Post by mongrowl » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:08 pm

AS PER---
Webster Dictionary, 1913
Mus"tard (?), n. [OF. moustarde, F. moutarde, fr. L. mustum must, -- mustard was prepared for use by being mixed with must. See Must, n.]
1. (Bot.) The name of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica (formerly Sinapis),......
2. A powder or a paste made from the seeds of black or white mustard, used as a condiment and a rubefacient........

Quick definitions (rubefacient)
# noun: a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin

Must, n. [AS. must, fr. L. mustum (sc. vinum), from mustus young, new, fresh. Cf. Mustard.]
1. The expressed juice of the grape, or other fruit, before fermentation. These men ben full of must." Wyclif (Acts ii. 13. ).
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Appears that both AngloSaxon and the French want to own the 'MUST' part, but it is the "TARD" part that counts.
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Post by Tony Farg » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:51 am

tell you later
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