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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Tendril, “a twisting thread-like process by which one plant clings to another” (Lindley); a climbing organ that twines to grasp support for climbing; structurally a whiplike extension of the leaf rachis, armed with reflexed spines and/or acanthophylls (q.v.): capreolus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. carpeolo, q.v.; cirrus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. cirro, nom. pl. cirri, acc. pl. cirros, dat. & abl. pl. cirris; cirrhus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. cirrho, lit.' curl of hair,' usually applied to leaf tendrils; in mycology may be used for a tendril-like spore mass; pampinus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. pampino,’ a tendril or clasper of any climbing vine;’ cincinnus; see cirrus;

- herbae mediantibus cirrhis scandentes (B&H), herbs climbing by means of cirrhi [i.e. tendrils].

NOTE: capreolus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. capreola, of vines, the small tendrils that support the branches; see capreolus,-i (s.m.II).
Tendril of a vine: capreolus,-i (s.m.II), q.v., abl.sg. carpeolo, nom. pl. capreoli, acc. pl. capreolos, dat. & abl. pl. capreolis, usually applied to shoot-tendrils; “of vines, the small tendrils which support the branches” (Lewis & Short); clavicula,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. clavicula, ‘a tendril by which the vine grasps its props;’ pampinus,-i (s.m.II), abl. sg. pampino, ‘a tendril or clasper of any climbing vine;’ viticula,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. viticula, ‘a little vine, a tendril;’ cf. cincinnus.

NOTE: clavicula,-ae (s.f.I): a little club or cudgel; “(obs.) a tendril” (Lindley).
tendril-pinnate, pinnately compound, but ending in a tendril, as in the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus): perhaps cirratopinnatus, cirrhatopinnatus, cirripinnatus, cirrhipinnatus, after imparipinnatus (odd-pinnate) or paripinnatus (even-pinnate);see odd-pinnate.
tendril-shaped, tendril-like: cirriformis,-e (adj.B); cirrosus,-a,-um (adj.A), like a cirrus; in a curling, winding, twining manner capreolatim (adv.), cirratim (adv.), cirrhatim (adv.); pampinatus,-a,-um (adj.A): having tendrils and leaves; tendril-shaped, like a tendril.

 

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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