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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
anceps, gen. sg. ancipitis (adj.B), abl. sg. ancipiti; ancipitus,-a,-um (adj.A): ancipital, ancipitous, “two-edged, flattened or compressed, as the stem of Sisymbrium anceps Cav.” (Jackson); “two-sided, hence applied to flattened two-edged stems; in classical L. anceps sometimes meant wavering, doubtful, uncertain, and Arundinaria anceps, with round stems, was so named because of doubts as to its country of origin” (Stearn 1996); frequently used in the description of the silique, q.v. [> L. an + caput,-itis, ‘that has two heads, two-headed,’ twofold; wavering, doubtful, uncertain, unfixed, undecided; ” Janus anceps, Janus bifrons; "of an object whose qualities have significance in two respects, double, that extends on two opposite sides (while duplex is an object that exists in separate forms, twice" (Lewis & Short)];

- articulo inferiore compresso, ancipiti, apice truncato (B&H), with the joint [i.e. articulation] inferior, compressed, two-edged, truncate at the apex.

- apice subulato ancipiti (B&H), with the apex subulate, two-edged.

- scapi ancipites, floribus majusculis longe pedicellatis (B&H), scapes two-edged, with the flowers somewhat larger, long-pedicellate.

- siliquis glabris multangulis torulosis rostro tenui subancipiti triplo longioribus, with the siliques glabrous, with many angles, torulose with a thin beak, slightly two-edged, [the siliques] three times longer.

- frondibus junioribus ancipitibus subcostatis pinnatifìdis, with the younger fronds two-edged, somewhat ribbed, pinnately divided.

- [algae] Caulis ima basi teres, dein anceps, lateribus convexis 1-2 lineas latus (Agardh), stem at the lowermost base rounded-cylindric, ultimately two-edged [i.e. flattened], with the sides convex, 1-2 lines [2.1-4.2 mm] wide.

- [Corallina; algae] articulis oblongo-cuneatis, pinnularum sterilium ancipitis cystocarpiis acuminatis (Kutz.), with the articuli [i.e. articulations] oblong-wedge-shaped, with the cystocarps of the sterile pinnules two-edged, acuminate.

Callitriche anceps Fern. ‘two-edged;’ a plant with “the stems flat and broadly winged” (Fernald 1950).

 

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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