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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Caltrop: see tribulus,-i (s.m.II);

> Medieval Latin calcatrippa, prob. fr. (assumed) calcitrappa, > calci- [> L. calc-, calx, heel) + trappa, of Germanic origin” (WIII): 1. any of several plants having stout spines on the fruit or flower heads; as Star Thistle, or a plant of either of two genera (Tribulus and Kalistroemia) of the family Zygophyllaceae; water chestnut; a device iwth four metal points so arranged that when any three are on the ground the fourth projects upward as a hazard to the hoofs of horses...” (WIII).

 

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