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Kerfe arabice cortex arboris apud Avi. per .c. scribitur sed melius per .k. dicitur etiam kiserech, Avi. duo facit ca. unum de kerfe aromatico aliud de kerfe cinamomi.


kiserech ACD | kixerech B

kerfe aromatico ACD | herfe aromatico B


Kerfe is Arabic for "tree bark", in Avicenna it is spelled with c, but with k is better. It is also called kiserech, Avicenna has two chapters, one on aromatic kerfe, the other on cinnamon kerfe.


Wehr (1976): ﻗﺮﻓﺔ /qirfa/ "rind, bark, skin, crust; scab, scurf; cinnamon"; Siggel (1950: 59): /qirf/, ﻗﺮﻓﺔ /qirfa/ Rinde, allg., bes. v. Cinnamomum zeylandicum (Laurac.), Zimtrinde {"bark in general, of Cinnamomum zeylandicum (Laurac.), in particular; cinnamon bark"}.

Wehr (1976): ﻗﺸﺮﺓ /qišra/ "peel, rind, shell; bark”.

Simon alludes to two consecutive chapters in Goehl: Canon Avicennae, liber secundus, Capitulum 390. De kerfe aromaticum; and Capitulum 391. De kerfe cinnamomi.

See also: Cerfe

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