Dictionary of Plant Lore

Dictionary of Plant Lore

by D.C. Watts
     
 

ISBN-10: 012374086X

ISBN-13: 9780123740861

Pub. Date: 05/02/2007

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve to explain

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Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve to explain the meaning of the botanical name. For example, Beauty-Berry is the name given to the American shrub that belongs to the genus Callicarpa. Callicarpa is Greek for beautiful fruit. Still other names come from literary sources providing rich detail of the transmission of words through the ages.

Conceived as part of the author's wider interest in plant and tree lore and ethnobotanical studies, this fully revised edition of Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origins contains over 30,000 vernacular and literary English names of plants. Wild and cultivated plants alike are identified by the botanical name. Further detail provides a brief account of the meaning of the name and detailed commentary on common usage.

• Includes color images
• Inclusive of all Latin terms with vernacular derivatives
• The most comprehensive guide for plant scientists, linguists, botanists, and historians

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123740861
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
05/02/2007
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

30,000 plant names listed in alphabetical order and cross referenced

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