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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
nuspiam (adv.): nowhere;

- Ad ripas glareosas fluviorum Victoriae, Hooker's Creek et Sturt's Creek, eorum originem versus, nuspiam frequens (F.Muell.), on the gravelly beaches of the small streams of Victoria, Hooker’s Creek and Sturt’s Creek, toward their headwaters, nowhere frequent.

- [fungus] color modo cinereus, modo argillaceus; sed sordide rubiginosum, quem icon Persooniana (Icones pictae Tab. III. f. 1. 2. 3.) in nostro certe exemplari ostendit, numquam in hac specie observavimus: de quo cum in descriptionibus autoris mentio nuspiam fiat, mero forsan pictoris errori tribuendus erit (S&A), the color is sometimes ash-gray, sometimes clay-colored, [i.e. yellowish-brown]; but the dirty rusty-red, which the Personian illustration (Icones pictae, plate III figures 1.2.3.) shows, certainly in our COPY, we have never observed in this species: about which, when a mention may be nowhere in the descriptions of the author, perhaps it will have to be attributed to nothing short of [i.e. purely] the error of the painter [i.e. artist].

- Est ceterum e maxime polymorphis: ex innumeris fere, quibus ludit, varietatibus unicam sub [[var.]bb], insignire operae pretium duximus, orbicularem, planiusculam, atro - nitentem, ostiolo centrali parvulo subconico, spurio procul dubio (totum enim clausum erat, nec gelatinae vestigia ulla exstabant), instructam; ita de reliquo in var. vulgarem transeuntem, ut limites certi nuspiam inveniri possent. — Species loco suo vulgatissma. (S&A), [although] it is otherwise especially polymorphous: from the almost innumerable forms by which it varies, we have considered it to be worthwhile to mark [i.e. designate] one from the variations under var. bb, orbicular, somewhat flat, black-shining, provided with a central, smallish, subconic ostiole, spurious [i.e. false] beyond doubt (for the whole was closed, nor were there any hardened vestiges of gelatine standing out), thus, otherwise changing into the common variety, so that definite limits are nowhere able to be found. The species in its own place [i.e. characteristic habitat] very common.

NOTE:Karl Gottlob Zumpt A Grammar of the Latin Language.

“To umquam, ever, and usquam, somewhere, we must apply that which has already been said of quisquam (paragr. 129): they require a negation in the sentence; and although this negation may be connected with another word, unquam and usquam become the same as nunquam and nusquam; e.g. neque te usquam vidi, the same as te nusquam vidi. The place of a negative proposition may, however, be taken b a negative question, as num tu eum unquam vidisti? Hast thou ever seen him? But uspiam is not negative, any more than the pronoun quispiam; but it is the same as alicubi, except that its meaning is strengthened, just as quispiam is the same as aliquis. In the writings of modern Latinists and grammarians we find the form nuspiam, which is said to be the same as nusquam. But nuspiam does not exist at all, and its formation is contrary to analogy.”

 

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