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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Ambrosia,-ae (s.f.I): > Gk. ambrosia; “in ancient mythology, ambrosia was the substance which, with nectar, provided the food and drink of the gods, making immortal those who partook of them. Now the generic name of some weedy herbs with copious wind-borne pollen causing hay fever. Compositae (Stearn 1996); “A poetical name, expressive of the food of the heathen gods, Linn. Asteracecs. Uninteresting species of the simplest culture” (Paxton) [> L. ambrosia,-ae, from Gk. ambrosia; the food of the gods (as nectar was their drink); the unguent of the gods; the name of several plants, esp. the botrys or artemisia, Turkish mugwort: Choenopodium botrys L.; an antidote to poison” (Lewis & Short)]; cf. nectar.

ambrosiaefolius,-a,-um (adj.A): with the leaves of species of the genus Ambrosia.

ambrosidoides,-is (adj.B): resembling species of the genus Ambrosia.

NOTE: Ambrosinia,-ae (s.f.I) L., “Named in honour of S.Ambrosini, Curator of the Botanic Garden, Bologna. Araceae. (Paxton).

 

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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