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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
tantus,-a,-um (adj.A): (depending on the context:) of such size or measure, so much (or so little), so large (so small), so great (or little) in amount, extent, value, degree, etc.; of such a kind;

- in tanta disjunctione specierum, tantae proprietates communes ammissae sunt, in such great separation of species, so many common characters are lost.

- in tantis mutationibus nulla species certa est, in such great changes no species is certain.

- in nulla muscorum parte tanta formarum varíetas quam in operculo, in no part of the mosses is there such a great variety of forms than in the operculum (note use of ‘quam’ = ‘than.’

- neque solum in tantis capsulis, sed etiam in mediocribus sporae magnae inventae, not only in such great capsules but also in medium ones are large spores found.

Followed by quantus,-a,-um (adj.A) (as a correlative) ‘... as’;

- species non tantum pileum efferens quantum congeres, species producing not so large a pileus as its congeners.

- setis non umquam tantis, quantae nobis notae, with setae not ever so long as (is) known to us.

- fructus tantus quantus a nobis non visus, the fruit so large as not seen by us.

- semina tanta in his capsulis quanta in omnibus reliquiis non visa, the seeds so large in these capsules as not seen in all the rest.

- tot tantaeque sporae, so many and so large spores.

- variationes tot tantaeque inter nostra exemplaria ut magnopera dubitamus species ultra 30 bene distincta sint, the variations are so many and so great among out specimens that we greadly doubt there may be more than 30 species well distinguished.

Followed by ‘ut,’ ‘that’;

- nullum genus tanta certa ut mutandum est, no species is so certain that it must not be changed.

- tanto numero sporarum ut capsulae tumidae fragilesque, with such a large number of spores that the capsules are swollen and fragile.

- prorulae tantillae tantae ut saepe non descriptae sunt, prorulae so very little things that they are often not described.

 

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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