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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
lei-, leio-,-leius,-a,-um (adj.A): in Gk. comp., smooth, even; glabrous [> Gk. leios,-a,-on (adj.), smooth; (of the ground) smooth, level, flat; beardless (with a smooth chin)]; = Latin levis,-e (adj.B, q.v.), also, in Botany, laevis,-e (adj.B), q.v.; see smooth; = = glaber, glabra, glabrum (adj.A), “glabrous, smooth, especially not pubescent nor hairy;” opp. eri-, erio-: in Gk. comp., woolly-, wool-; see smooth;

- leiantherum, with smooth anther; leianthus, smooth-flowered; leiobulbus, with a smooth or glabrous bulb; leiocarpus, smooth-fruited; leiochilus, smooth-lipped; leiocladus, with smooth shoots; leiolepidus, with smooth or flat scales; leionervus, with smooth nerves; leiorhizus, with smooth roots; leiosporus, with smooth spores.

- hololeius, completely smooth.

- leiogynus, with a smooth pistil (Stearn 1996).

Viola eriocarpa var. leiocarpa Fern.& Wieg.

Leianthus,-i (s.m.II). From leios, smooth, plane, and anthos, a flower ; on account of the even or regular corolla (Paxton). Leiophyllum,-i (s.n.II), with smooth and glossy leaves; Leiurus,-i (s.n.II), the name of a genus of Scorpions, ‘smooth-tail’ from Gk. leios, smooth + oura (s.f.I), the tail; Rhodoleia, Petala rosea, perhaps a rose without spines.

NOTE: Leocarpus, Link. [Lycoperdaceae] From leios, smooth, and karpos, a fruit ; in allusion to the smooth peridium (Paxton).

 

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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