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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
myrme-, myrmec-, myrmeco-: in Gk. comp., pertaining to ants; cf. L.

formica,-ae (s.f.I), an ant [> Gk. myrmEks,-Ekos (s.m.III), an ant = myrmos (s.m.II)]; see ant-;

- myrmecocalyx, with calyx inhabited by ants;

- myrmecochoricus, myrmecochorus, dispersed by means of ants.

- myrmecophilus, ant-loving i.e. providing structures liked by ants; “literally, ant-loving - an epithet applied to plants much frequented by ants as providing them with either food or shelter, as in the case of certain plants with hollow pseudo-bulbs, and many others” (Stearn 1996).

Elaiosome, elaiosomatibus "characteristic oily appendages and seeds of myrmecochorous plants, such as arils, crests, etc., offering food-bodies to ants" (Jackson): elaiosoma,-atis (s.n.III), abl.sg. elaiosomate, nom. & acc. pl. elaiosomata, dat. & abl. pl. elaiosomatibus.

 

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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