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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Desert, “a tract where rain is continuously wanting, and vegetation is most scanty, as the Egypto-Arabian desert; it may be either climatic or edaphic” (Jackson); arenae,-arum (pl.f.I) 'desert, wasteland;' desertum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. deserto, nom. & acc. pl. deserta, gen. pl. desertorum, dat. & abl. pl. desertis; eremus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. eremo (sc. locus) or f. (sc. regio): a wilderness, desert; tesca,-ae (pl.n.II), abl.sg. tesca: wastes, deserts, wilderness, wild regions; “such places were sacred to the gods” (Lewis & Short); often accompanied by the adj. saxeus,-a,-um (adj.A) ‘stony;’

- solum Algeriense minus arenosum, si regionem deserto conterminam excipias (Desf.), the Algerian soil being less sandy, if you were to except [i.e. take exception to] the region bordering upon the desert.

- in ramis emortuis leguminosis in nido muris in deserto, on dead leguminous branches in the nest of a mouse in the desert.

- in montibus benemultis et etiam deserto vicinis, longeque a mare distantibus, immensas conchyliorum marinorum congeries detexi (Desf.), I have discovered both in very many mountains and also near to the desert, and far distant from the sea, immense accumulations of marine conchylia [i.e. shellfish].

- in arenis habitans, inhabiting deserts.

- [Savignya aegyptiaca] in AEgypti arenis circa pyramides Saqqarah (DeCandolle), in the deserts of Egypt around the pyramids at Saqqarah.

- in desertis stepposis, in steppose deserts.

- in virgultis eremi a flumine Suttor usque ad flumen Darling (F. Mueller), in the thickets of the desert from the river Suttor as far as the river Darling.

- in eremó arenoso Australiae tropicae (F. Mueller), in the sandy desert of tropical Australia.

- deserta saxea, inhospita et tesca loca, stony deserts, inhospitable and wild places.

- in AEgypti superioris desertis (DeCandolle) in the deserts of upper Egypt.

- et distributione geographica cognita in parte austro-occidentali Deserti Chihuahuani, and with the known geographic distribution in the south-west Chicuahuan Desert.

- in planitiebus argilloso-arenosis paulo salinis deserti juxta flumen Murray, ubi primo reperit cl. Behr. M.D. (F. Muell.), in the clay-sandy, somewhat salty plains of the desert beside the river Murray, where the eminent Behr, M.D. first discovered it.

Agave deserti [gen.sg.], ‘of the desert;’ Artemisia desertorum [gen. pl.], ‘of deserts;’ Cirsium desertorum;
desert-: in L. comp. deserti-,

- deserticola,-ae (s.c.I), dweller in deserts.

in Gk. comp. erem-, q.v.;

- eremophilus, desert-loving; eremicus, pertaining to deserts; cf. tesca.

Croton eremophilus; Eremophila,-ae (s.f.I) (Verbenaceae).

 

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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