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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Amber: sucinum,-i (s.n.II) (succinum), abl.sg. sucino (succino), nom. & acc. pl. sucina (succina), dat. & abl. pl. sucinis (succinis); electrum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. electro, the word used in the Roman period [> Gk. elektron (initial eta)]; Lat. succinum,-i (s.n.II) [> L. succus,-i (s.n.II), juice; > L. sucinum,-i (s.n.II, amber];

- gemma(-ae (s.f.I) sucini, gem (precious stone) of amber.

- gutta(-ae (s.f.I) sucini, drop of amber.

- arbuscula resinam pelluciditate et colore succinum aemulantem exsudans. (F. Mueller), a small tree exsuding a resin resembling amber in transparancy and color.

NOTE: Liquidambar L., Sweet Gum “Two N. Am. and two Asiatic trees. (A mongrel name, from liquidus, ‘fluid,’ and the Arabic ambar, ‘amber;’ in allusion to the fragrant terebinthine juice or gum which exudes from the tree” (Fernald 1950); in allusion to the sweet resinous sap. The epithet ‘Styraciflua’ L. means ‘flowing with Styrax, i.e. the resinous gumor the Styrax tree; see styrax,-acis (s.m.III).

amber-colored, a dark orange yellow: sucinacius (succ-),-a,-um (adj.A), succineus,-a,-um (adj.A), sucineus (succ-),-a,-um (adj.A); melleus,-a,-um (adj.A), of or belonging to honey; electrinus,-a,-um (adj.);

- exsudatum, quum praesens, persicinum vel succineum, exsudate when present, peach or amber-colored.

 

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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