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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
idoneus,-a,-um (adj.A): suitable, convenient, sufficient [enough]; appropriate (with ‘ad’ + acc., dat. or ‘in’ + acc.) suitable (for), proper, fit, apt; capable; sufficient; convenient; satisfactory, sufficient; deserving, worthy;

NOTE: how often the gerundive is used with this adjective in the following examples, + ad (prep. + acc.), suitable for:

- F i g. 6. Ceratium porioides [beta], flavum: (a) magnitudine nativa; ( b ) (c) ad augmenta lentis diversa. (NB. Icon haec sequensque minus idoneae) (S&A), Figura 6. Ceratium porioides, [beta], yellow: (a) with the natural size; (b) (c) at different augmentations of the lense. [nota bene, this picture and the following less satisfactory).

- cortex colore rubro tingit et ad perficienda coria idoneus (DesFon), the bark stains with a red color and is suitable for finishing [i.e. tanning] skins.

- PERALTEA, non differt nisi leguminis sutura seminifera anguste alata, character in nonnullis speciebus incertus et vix ad sectionem distinguendum idoneus (B&H), Peraltea does not differ except by the seed-bearing suture of the legume alate [i.e. winged], the character in some species is untrustworthy and scarcely is suitable [i.e. sufficient] for distinguishing the section.

- radix contrita tumoribus resolvendis idonea (DesFon), it is sufficient for the root being bruised for the tubers to be set free.

- cortex tenax difficilime frangitur, funibus perficiendis idoneus (DesFon), the bark is tough, broken with the utmost difficulty, suitable for rope to be created.

- [moss] calyptra glabra vel plicata notae quoque generibus distinguendis idoneae observantur (C.Muell), the calyptra glabrous [i.e. hairless] or plicate, the distinctions observed also are suitable for the genera to be distinguished.

- nomen triviale vix idoneum (C.Mueller), the trivial name [i.e. the epithet] is hardly appropriate.

- [moss] pedunculus quidem Sphagni ramulus intelligitur, sed haecce nota unica separatione non satis idonea appellanda est (C.Mueller), certainly the peduncle [i.e. seta] of Sphagnum is understood to be a branchlet, but this very unique distinguishing feature is not suitable enough to be called a separation [i.e. distinction].

 

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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