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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
leviter (adv.): lightly, not heavily (i.e. lightly armed); a little, not much, somewhat; easily, without difficulty; compar. levius (adv.), superl. levissime (adv.) [> levis,-e (adj. B), light (in weight), not heavy; slight, little, of no consequence]; opp. graviter (adv.), weightily, heavily, ponderously; severely, deeply, disagreeably, strongly; opp. grosse (adv.), coarsely, larger than usual; opp. egregie (adv.), exceptionally, remarkably, admirably, outstandingly, uncommonly, well;

NOTE: never spelled laeviter.

NOTE: leve is not an adverb (see levis,-e (adj.B).

leve: neuter nom. & acc. sg.; also abl. sg. of all genders of levis,-e (adj.B), q.v.

- semina modo rhombeo-ovata, modo subrotunda, nunc leviter nunc egregie compressa (F. Mueller), the seeds sometimes rhombic-ovate, sometimes somewhat rounded, sometimes slightly, sometimes exceptionally compressed.

- petala saepius leviter imbricata, rarius valvata (B&H), petals more often somewhat imbricate, more rarely valvate.

- achenia enim saepe leviter striata occurrunt in Ranúnculo (B&H), for the achenes often appear slightly striate in Ranunculus.

- antherae breves, loculis subparallelis v. leviter divergentibus (B&H), anthers short, with the locules nearly parallel or slightly divergent [i.e. wide-spreading.

- embryo albuminis dimidium superans, leviter curvatus (B&H), the embryo surpassing half of the albumen, slightly curved.

- torus parum elevatus, apice planus v. leviter excavatus (B&H), the torus somewhat raised, flat at the apex or slightly concave.

- [moss] pedicellus e vaginula brevi cylindrica pallida paraphysibus copiosis obsita erectus, leviter curvatus (DozyMoek), the pedicel [i.e. the seta] erect, from a short, pale, cyllindric vaginula, abundantly beset with paraphyses, somewhat curved.

- [moss] peristomium acumine hyalino excepto linea mediana leviter notatis, grosse trabeculatis (DozyMoek), the peristome with a hyaline point except for somewhat marked by a median line, coarsely trabeculate.

levius (adv.); cf. laxe (adv.), loosely; opp. arcte (adv.) closely:

- [algae] rigidiusculis et parum gelatinosis, unde levius [=laxius] tantum chartae adhaeret (Agardh), somewhat rigid and slightly gelatinous, whence it adheres only more lightly to the paper.

- [fungi] superficiei subaequalis, non nisi levius passim lacunosae: eius cortex laevis est, opacus, pro ratione tenuis, rigidus, fragilis (S&D), somewhat even of surface, except only more [slightly] everywhere lacunose: its cortex is smooth, opaque, relatively [i.e. in relation to others] thin, rigid, fragile.

- [fungi] differt [var. a], pileo nonnisi levius umbilicato planiusculo et praesertim stipite sursum pileo concolore, sed deorsum villuloso - pulverulento ex olivaceo - nigricante(S&A), the variety a differs only by being more lightly umbilicate, somewhat flat and especially by the stipe upwardly the same color as the pileus, but downwardly villulous -pulverulent, from olivaceous to blackish.

levissime (adv.):

- sepala levissime tantum imbricata v. fere valvata in Actinidiae speciebus paucis (B&H), sepals only very lightly imbricate or almost valvate in a few species of Actinidia.

- petala 4, patentia, exteriora plana v. basi levissime concava (B&H), petals 4, spreading, the outer flat or at the base very slightly concave.

 

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 2010-2017

 
 
 
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