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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Tunic, the skin of a seed, the spermoderm; “the skin of a seed. Any loose membranous skin not formed from epidermis” (Lindley); the membranous coat of a bulb or corm, q.v.; the peridium of certain fungi; occasionally used for the utricle of Carex (Jackson); tunic = exospore (Ainsworth & Bisby): tunica,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. tunica, nom. pl. tunicae, acc. pl. tunicas, dat. & abl. pl. tunicis [> L. tunica,-ae (s.f.I) 'an under-garment; a coating, skin, tegument, membrane, husk, peel];' cf. bulb;

- tunica in collum elongatum producta, tunic into a long neck drawn out (Stearn 1983).

- [GAGEA NEVADENSIS] bulbi duo tunica communi inclusi, florifer minimus vix pisi magnitudine (Boissier), the two bulbs enclosed in a common tunic [i.e. jacket or coat], the floriferous [sc. bulbus] very tiny, with scarcely the size of a pea.

- tunica praecipua tenuissime membranacea demum in fibras papallelas soluta, chief tunic (covering) very thinly membranous at length into fibers parallel broken up.

- tunica cribraria fibris reticulatis colore stramineo pallido, tunic sieve-like with fibers reticulate with the color straw-colored pale.

- bulbus tunicis pergamenis punctatis, interioribus candidis exterioribus nigricantibus, bulb with tunics parchment-like dotted, with the inner ones white the outer ones becoming black.

- herba bulbi tunicis reticulato-fibrosis castaneis, herb with tunics of the bulb reticulate-fibrous chestnut-colored (Stearn).

Tunica, a genus in the Caryophyllaceae, the name ‘tunic’ meaning ‘coat’, refers to the imbricated calyx (Bailey 1938).

Note: -chiton,-onis (s.m.III), abl. sg. -chitone: in Gk. comp., ‘covering, coat, tunic;’ see -chiton,-onis (s.m.III).

Tunica,-ae (s.f.I), abl.sg. tunica: skin, coating, covering, peel; may refer to the outer walls of cells, such as in seeds and in certain fungi: the peridium; cf. wall; 'a coat, esp. a thin white membrane round the peridiole in most species of the Nidulariaceae (Ainsworth & Bisby).

 

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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