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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Python,-onis (s.m.III), abl. sg. pythone: “the serpent slain, according to the myth, near Delphi by Apollo, who was fabled to have been called Pythius in commemoration of this victory” (Lewis & Short).

Pythonium,-ii (s.n.II), Schott, > Gk. python, a serpent + Gk. dim. suffix -ium [-ion], on account of the form of the spadix (Araceae) (Paxton); cf. draco,-onis (s.m.III).

NOTE: In the classical period, several otherwise unknown plants: pythonion,-ii (s.n.II), abl. sg. pythonio: a plant, dragon-wort, and pythion,-ii (s.n.II), abl. sg. pythiono, “a kind of bulbous plant, otherwise unknown” (Lewis & Short).

 

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