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A florilegium (plural florilegia, in Latin 'a gathering of flowers, a posy' ) is part of a spell: though in the opinion of Gilbert Norrell it is an entirely useless one. Originally it was an exhortation for aid to various saints, which fairies were in the habit of respectfully attaching to their own spells. In time the florilegium degenerated to a mere hotchpotch collection of magical words[66].