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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Apiculus,-i (s.m.II), abl.sg. apiculo: apiculus, a short, abrupt point, used in bryology (Dixon 1924); spelled ‘apicula:’ “a sharp and short, but not stiff point, in which a leaf may end” (Jackson); note that a mucro is shorter than an apiculus in mosses, a cusp longer and stouter (C&A)[> L. dim. of apex,-icis (s.m.III), q.v.]; cf. acumen, tapering apex of leaf, with angle at apex less than 15*; cf. awn, cusp, mucro, subula; see unguis,-is (s.m.III).

- costa in apiculum validum acutum laevem rubrum excurrens, costa excurrent into an apiculus robust sharp smooth red.

- costa breviter in apiculum acutum e cellula unica laevi excurrens, costa shortly excurrent into a sharp apiculus composed of a single smooth cell.

NOTE: as ‘apiculus’ is the diminutive of the masculine ‘apex,’ its gender should also be masculine.

 

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