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This word is found only in Matthew 23:23. It is the plant commonly known by the name of dill, Peucedanum graveolens.
This name dill is derived from a Norse word which means to soothe, the plant can be used as a pain killer. The common dill, the Anethum graveolens, is an annual growing wild in the cornfields of Spain and Portugal and the south of Europe, generally. There is also a species of dill cultivated in Eastern countries known by the name of shubit. It was this species of garden plant of which the Pharisees were in the habit of paying tithes. The Talmud requires that the seeds, leaves, and stem of dill shall pay tithes. It is an umbelliferous plant (a family which includes carrots and parsley), very like the caraway, its leaves, which are aromatic, are used in soups and pickles. The proper anise is the Pimpinella anisum.