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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
cirr-, cirri-, cirrh-, cirrhi-: in L. comp. -curled, -curly [> L. cirrus,-i (s.m.II), q.v., a curl];

Cirrhaea,-ae (s.f.I) > L. cirrus or cirrhus, tendril: “in allusion to the prolonged tendril-like rostellum of this orchid. Orchidaceae” (Stearn 1996); Cirrhopetalum,-i (s.n.II), “presumably from cirrus or cirrhus, curl, tendril + petalum, petal. In allusion to the long lateral segments of the flowers of these orchids” (Stearn 1996).

Cirriphyllum, a genus of mosses with leaves abruptly contracted into a long, filiform flexuose acumen 'but scarcely a hair point, as the generic and specific names suggest' (Crum & Anderson 1981).

(fungi): Cirrhomyces.

 

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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