Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Alkekengi
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(Persian: kākunad̲j̲, arabicised: kākand̲j̲), the winter cherry (Physalis alkekengi), is a herbaceous plant of the solanum L. family (night-shades), found in Central and Southern Europe and in Asia, with oval leaves, small, whitish flowers and bright-red berries of the size of cherries. Alkekengi has been known since antiquity as a medicine and food (the ’αλιχάχαβον of Dioscorides), as have all the members of the solanum family (Arabic: ʿinab al-t̲h̲aʿlab, in Spain: ʿinab al-d̲h̲iʾb, i. e. fox- or jackal-cherry); the Arabs distinguish two varieties, one cultivated, …

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Hell, J., “Alkekengi”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0659>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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