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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Abortion, a failure of a structure or organ to develop, a miscarriage; imperfect or non-development of an organ; “the non-formation of a part which theoretically should be present; also an incomplete formation” (Lindley): abortio,-onis (s.f.III), abl. sg. abortione; abortus,-us (s.m.IV), acc. sg. abortum, dat. sg. abortui, abl. sg. abortu; nom. & acc. pl. abortus, gen. pl. abortuum, dat. & abl. pl. abortibus;

- flores saepe abortu unisexuales, flowers often by abortion unisexual.

- sepala 2-5, rarius 6; petala totidem v. plura v. abortu pauciora, sepals 2-5, more rarely 6; petals just as many or more or fewer by abortion.

- flores aut hermaphroditi aut sexus unius abortu monoici dioicive (DeCandolle), the flowers either hermaphrodite or by the abortion of one sex, monoicous or dioicous.

- siliqua obcuneata v. sublyrata, compressa, suberosa, spurie 3-locularis, abortione 1-sperma (B&H); silique obcuneate or rather lyrate, compressed, corky, spuriously 3-locular, by abortion 1-seeded.

- Drupa 1-pyrena, pyrena saepius ossea tuberculata 3-5- loculari v. abortu 1-loculari, loculis 1-spermis (B&H), drupe 1-pyrenous, with the pyrene more often boney, tuberculate, 3-5-locular or by abortion 1-locular, with the locules 1-seeded.

- pistilla oo toro inserta, abortu aut coalitione rarius solitaria (DeCandolle), pistils indeterminate [i.e. numerous], inserted on the torus, more rarely solitary by abortion or coalescence.

Abortiporus Murrill.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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