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malluach. From melach, ("salt".) Therefore rather "saltwort," orache, Atriplex halimus, used as a salad; found in "waste and desolate wildernesses" (Job 30:4). The lowest, complains the patriarch, deride me; as the rude Bedouins of the desert, "who cut up saltwort among the bushes (or 'hedges'), and the broom roots (retem) for their meat." It is white, without thorns, growing near the sea, its leaves broader and smoother than the olive; it is used for hedges (Dioscorides). Four or five feet high, with thick branches, small purple flowers, sour tasting leaves; of the natural order Chenopodiaceae.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'mallows' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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