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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Capreolus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. capreola, dim. caprea, q.v,. a kind of wild goat, chamois, roebuck; of vines; the small tendrils that support the branches; see deer; see tendril.

NOTE: (Capreolus capreolus) the roe deer, a small European and Asiatic deer, reddish brown in summer and grayish in winter ... noted for its nimbleness and gracefulness (WIII).

- ramulis Capreoli cornua quodammodo referentibus (Tourn.), with the branchlets in some way resembling the horns of a roebuck [i.e. wild goat].

- Omnia Genera & species naturalia sunt. Non enim licet conjungere sub eodem genere Equum & Suem: licet ambae species monungulae essent; nec Capreolum, Rangiferum & Alcen genere distinguere, licet cornuum figura differant (Linn.), all the species and genera are [natural]. Certainly it is not allowed to unite the Horse and the Hog under the same genus: although both species may have been monungulate [i.e. possessing a single hoof]; nor [is it permitted] to separate by a genus the Roebuck, Reindeer [= Caribou], and Elk, although they may differ by the shape of the horns.
Capreolus,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. capreolo: tendril [> L. “as if from capreus, caprea: a kind of wild goat, chamois, roebuck; named from the form of their horns: an implement with two prongs for cutting up weeds, a weeding-hoe; capreoli, in mechanics, short pieces of timber inclining to each other, which support something, suports, props, stays; of vines, the small tendrils which support the branches” (Lewis & Short); see tendril.

 

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