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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Testa, seed-coat, episperm: the hard outer coat of a seed from the integuments of the ovule, lit. 'a piece of burned clay;’ “the skin of a seed” (Lindley); testa,-ae (s.f.I), abl.sg. testa, nom. pl. testae, acc. pl.testas, dat. & abl. pl. testis; episperma,-atis (s.n.III), abl. sg. epispermate; see seed coat; also the shell of a snail;

- cochleae (gen.sg. of cochlea) testa, shell of a snail.

- testas atque ossa de cibo pisculento excerpens, (selectively) taking or picking out the shells and bones from seafood (fishy food).

- seminum testa in alam expansa, the seed-coat of the seeds expanded into a wing.

- testa duplex, utraque saepissime membranacea, test (outer seed coat) double, each one most often membranaceous.

- testa membranacea saepeque pericarpio adhaerente, rarius crassiore (B&H), test membranaceous and often with the pericarp adhering, more rarely thicker.

- hyphae vegetativae in interstitiis inter cellulas vaginae foliaris et medulla caulis reproductivi et testa seminum intima inventae, vegetative hyphae found in the interstices within cells of the leaf sheath and the pith of the reproductive stem and the innermost seed coat.

- semina cum testa leniter tuberculata, tunica alba elastica circumdata, seeds with the testa finely tuberculate, surrounded by a white rubbery coating.

- semen globulare vel ellipsoideum, arillodio vel sarcotesta carens, testa ossea, hilo lineari, see globular or ellipsoid, lacking an arillode or sarcotesta, with the testa bony, with the hilum linear.

- testa subcoriacea papillosa, in exemplaribus omnibus nobis visis vacua, seed-coat subcoriaceous papillose, empty in all specimens seen by us.

- semina perplurima, conferta, parva, 2-seriata, testa echinulata (B&H), seeds very many, packed, small, in 2 rows, with the seed-coat with very small prickles.

testiculatus,-a,-um (adj.A), testicularis,-e (adj.B): testiculate, i.e. with two globose bodies, e.g. tubers, side by side; having testicles; “having the figure of two oblong bodies; as the roots of Orchis mascula” (Lindley) [> L. testis,-is (s.m.III), a testicle].

(Orchidaceae): Cybelion testiculatum, Dendrobium testiculatum

 

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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