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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Mine, pit: fodina,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. fodina: a pit, mine; see pit; see stone-quarry;

- fodina argenti, silver mine.

- auri-fodina,-ae (s.f.I), a goldmine (aurum,-i (s.n.II), gold).

NOTE: Minas Gerais (Brasilia), ‘minas’ is the plural of mina, a mine [> Medieval Latin mina,-ae (s.f.I), a mine]. ‘Gerais’ is Portuguese for ‘general,’ hence Minas Gerais is the ‘general mines,’ from the former name of the colonial province “Minas dos Matos Gerais,” perhaps “general mines of the woods;”

- (moss) Patria. Brasilia in Minis Generalibus: Martius (Mueller), native land: Brasilia in the general mines (Minae Generales): Martius [collector].

- (moss) Patria. Brasilia, Villa Rica in Minis generalibus [sic]: Martius, Aprili (Mueller), native land: Brasilia in Minae generales: Martius [collector], in April.

NOTE: (British) Medieval Latin: mina,-ae (s.f.I) was used for ‘mine;’ as also minera,-ae (s.f.I), as were other words such as minea,-ae (s.f.I), mineria,-ae (s.f.I) (Latham).

NOTE: mina,-ae (s.f.I), ‘mine;’ in (British) Medieval Latin may also mean ‘mineral,’ see minerale,-is (s.n.III);

mina,-ae (s.f.) alba (adj.A), “carbonate of lead, ‘wheatstone’ (Latham)

mina,-ae (s.f.I) nigra (adj.A), also minera,-ae (s.f.I) alba: “sulphide of lead, galena” (Latham).

 

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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