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What sort of nemiphar's oil provided protection against torpedoes?

The answer seems to be that Greene played so fast and loose with biology that there's no point trying to make sense of it. "Nemiphar" is indeed (probably) the water lily, but the connection with ...
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Which part of Propertius' Elegies is Castania referring to?

"Assuming that Castania (or Robert Greene) did not make up the words attributed to Propertius" ... that assumption is probably not warranted :-) Just as Greene invented biological phenomena out of ...
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What does "card" in the title "Gwydonius; The Card of Fancie" mean?

Helmut Bonheim argues that ‘card’ means compass: The title—The Carde of Fancie—followed a pattern which remained popular until the later years of the sixteenth century: it consisted in combining the ...
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What does "card" in the title "Gwydonius; The Card of Fancie" mean?

It is almost certainly the sixth of the definitions of card in your link. (informal) An amusing or entertaining person, often slightly eccentrically so or as the definition at Wolfram Alpha has ...
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