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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Levitas,-atis (s.f.III), abl. sg. levitate: lightness, without or with lack of weight; lack of intensity; shallowness, unreliability; without seriousness or dignity; (of disease) weakness, impairment, diminishment [> L. [> L. levo,-avi,-atum, 1: to diminish, weaken, impair]; opp. gravitas,-atis (s.f.III), q.v., abl. sg. gravitate, weight, heaviness; slowness; weight, dignity, importance, seriousness, gravity;

- [fungi] plerumque ambeunte - effusa, omnium voracissima, ramos totos longe lateque cingens, imo arbusculas integras obducens, lignumque ad summam usque levitatem et fragilitatem exsugendo necans(S&A), usually encircling-effuse [i.e. spreading out in an encircling way], the most voracious of all [the species or of all fungi], extensively girdling all the branches, indeed spreading over entire small trees, and by sucking out the wood up to an extreme weakness [i.e. impairment] and fragility, killing it.

 

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