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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Lympha,-ae (s.f.I): “(obsol.) sap, the crude unelaborated fluid of vegetation” (Lindley); [lymph] “archaic: the sap of plants” (WIII); generally, a fluid produced by plants [> L. lympha,-ae (s.f.I) > Gk. numphE, a water-nymph; (poetic) water” (Glare); > L. lympha, modification of Gk. nymphE, nymph” (WIII); in Gk. nymphE: “a semi-divine female spirit of nature, nymph (inhabiting woods, waters, etc.); water” (Glare)]; see fluid; see sap.

Lympha foecundans,-antis (part.B): fecundating fluid.

“Necker defines the pollen, a collection of minute inflammable globules, in which the "lympha foecundans," or fecundating fluid, is contained.” (Barton).

Lymphaeducts: “(obsol.) sap-vessels” (Lindley), i.e. vessels that convey the sap: lymphaeductus,-us (s.m.IV), abl.sg. lymphaeductu; also vas, gen.sg. vasis (s.n.III) lymphaticum (adj.A), abl.sg. vase lymphatico; see vas, gen.sg. vasis.

“The juices in fruits are known to be of all colours. Rafn discovered a great analogy between the sap of plants and the blood of animals. He detected, with a microscope magnifying 135 times, in the lymph of Euphorbia pahistris, round globules, like those in blood, swimming in a fluid somewhat more clear, but not so clear as water.” (Willdenow).

 

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