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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Turnip: napus,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. napo; rapa,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. rapa; rapum,-i (s.n.II), abl.sg. rapo.

Brassica Rapa L., Rapa is an old generic name; B. Napus L., Napus is also an old generic name; B. Napobrassica, “old generic name, from Napus and Brassica” (Fernald 1950). It is B. Napus that constitutes the kitchen Turnip.

Turnip-bed: napina,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. napina; rapina,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. rapina: 'a turnip-crop, a turnip-field.'

turnip-shaped, depressed globose with an acumination at the base: napiformis (adj.B), rapiformis,-e (adj.B).

NOTE: ‘tankard-shaped,’ “thickened and gradually enlarged downward, then suddenly contracted or ended, as some varieties of turnip (Crozier)” (Jackson).

 

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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