Front Page Titles (by Subject) BDELLIUM. - The Works of Voltaire, Vol. III (Philosophical Dictionary Part 1)
BDELLIUM. - Voltaire, The Works of Voltaire, Vol. III (Philosophical Dictionary Part 1) 
The Works of Voltaire. A Contemporary Version. A Critique and Biography by John Morley, notes by Tobias Smollett, trans. William F. Fleming (New York: E.R. DuMont, 1901). In 21 vols. Vol. III.
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- Voltaire a Philosophical Dictionary Vol. Iii — Part I
- A Philosophical Dictionary.: A.
- A, B, C, Or Alphabet.
- Abuse of Words.
- Affirmation Or Oath.
- Agar, Or Hagar.
- Alkoran; Or, More Properly, the Koran.
- Altars, Temples, Rites, Sacrifices, Etc.
- Ancients and Moderns.
- Apocrypha—apocryphal. (from the Greek Word Signifying Hidden.)
- Voltaire a Philosophical Dictionary Vol. Iii — Part Ii
- Arabs; And, Occasionally, On the Book of Job.
- Arot and Marot. With a Short Review of the Koran.
- Art of Poetry.
- Arts—fine Arts. [article Dedicated to the King of Prussia.]
- Asphaltus. Asphaltic Lake.—sodom.
- Astronomy, With a Few More Reflections On Astrology.
- Augustus (octavius).
- Austerities. Mortifications, Flagellations.
- Bacon (roger).
- Baruch, Or Barak, and Deborah; And, Incidentally, On Chariots of War.
- Beautiful (the).
- Bekker, “the World Bewitched,” the Devil, the Book of Enoch, and Sorcerers.
- Buffoonery—burlesque—low Comedy.
- Bull (papal).
We are very much puzzled to know what this Bdellium is which is found near the shores of the Pison, a river of the terrestrial paradise which turns into the country of the Havilah, where there is gold. Calmet relates that, according to several commentators, Bdellium is the carbuncle, but that it may also be crystal. Then it is the gum of an Arabian tree and afterwards we are told that capers are intended. Many others affirm that it signifies pearls. Nothing but the etymologies of Bochart can throw a light on this question. I wish that all these commentators had been upon the spot.
The excellent gold which is obtained in this country, says Calmet, shows evidently that this is the country of Colchis and the golden fleece is a proof of it. It is a pity that things have changed so much for Mingrelia; that beautiful country, so famous for the loves of Medea and Jason, now produces gold and Bdellium no more than bulls which vomit fire and flame, and dragons which guard the fleece. Everything changes in this world; and if we do not skilfully cultivate our lands, and if the state remain always in debt, we shall become a second Mingrelia.