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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
giga-; gigant-, giganto-: in L. & Gk. comp., gigantic, mighty, very large, huge, enormous; see gigas,-antis (s.m.III); see macr-, macro-; see mega-, megalo-; see megisto-; see magnus,-a,-um; cf. titan-, titano-: in Gk. and L. comp. huge-, enormous-, gigantic-, titanic-;

- gigalobius, with very large pods; gigasporus, with very large spores.

- [Gk.] gigantocephalus, huge-headed; gigantoglossus, with large tongue;

gigantolepis, with huge scales; gigantophyllus, with huge leaves;

gigantopterus, with huge wing; gigantospermus,-a,-um (adj.A), with large seeds, spores or sperm; gigantosphaerus,in a huge globe; gigantostachys, with very large spikes. giganticaulis, with huge stem;

- [L.] gigantipes,-pedis (adj.B) huge-stalked; gigantiflorus, huge-flowered; gigantifolius, large-leaved.

NOTE: the connecting vowel in Gk. comp. is -o-, in L. comp. is -i-.

- gigantopithecus; gigantostraca.

Chenopodium gigantospermum Aellen

Gigantochloris,-idis (s.f.III), a genus of algae.

Gigantophis,-idis (s.f.III),abl.sg. Gigantophide; ‘giant snake;’ the largest known (fossil) snake, which lived about 39 million years ago in Egypt and was at least 33 feet long.

NOTE: the prefix giga- is used in scientific applications for "billion": gigabyte, gigacycle, gigavolt, and is not a Latin or Greek element for use in botanical Latin.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
Copyright © P. M. Eckel 2010-2018

 
 
 
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