Botanical Latin Translations

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Zingiber officinale Roscoe

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Amomum zingiber in Species Plantarum, 1st edition, p. 1.
   today: The current name for this species is Zingiber officinale Roscoe

original Latin description
Amomum scapo nudo, spica ovata.

English translation
Amomum with a scape naked [and] an a spike ovate.

English translation with commentary
Amomum Amomum
with a scape, scapo - ablative singular of 2nd declension masculine noun scapus, -i
naked nudo - ablative singular masculine of group A adjective nudus, -a, -um; modifies scapo
[and] added for smoother reading
with a spike. spica - ablative singular of 1st declension feminine noun spica, -ae
ovate ovata - ablative singular feminine of group A adjective ovatus, -a, -um; modifies spica

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