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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
parthen- partheno-, in Gk. comp. ‘virgin,’ [ > Gk partheni maiden, virgin, > parthenos: virgin; in botany, without fertilization, parthenogenetic, q.v.; see apogamous;

Parthenogamia,-ae (s.f.I), also parthenomixis,-is (s.f.III), abl. sg. parthenomixe, “copulation between two ‘female’ cells, esp. of an archicarp;” (Ainsworth & Bisby); see archicarp.

Parthenospora,-ae (s.f.I), “an oospore (aboospore) or zygospore (azygospore) produced by parthenogenesis” (Ainsworth & Bisby).

Parthenium L. > Gk. parthenos, virgin; only the pistillate flowers fertile” (Fernald 1950); also a common name Uterifere (Necker); P. Hysterophorus L. Santa Maria. “old generic name, of meaning similar to that of the generic name” (Fernald 1950); Parthenocissus, > Gk. parthenos, virgin + cissos,ivy “based on the French name Vigne-Vierge, or the English Virginia Creeper” (Fernald 1995)

NOTE: uterifer,-fera,-ferum (adj.A): bearing a womb [> L. uterus,-i (s.m.II); [Gk. (h)ystera (E) (s.f.I), the womb (Liddell & Scott)].

NOTE:the British origins of the state suggest that the “virgin” in the name of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, was Queen Elizabeth I of England, the “Virgin Queen,” who granted the charter to Sir Walter Raleigh to establish a colony north of Spanish Florida in 1683.

 

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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