Botanical Latin Translations

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(updated 3 April 2023)

Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Amomum zerumbet in Species Plantarum, 1st edition, p. 1.
   today: The current name for this species is Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.

original Latin description
Amomum scapo nudo, spica oblonga obtusa.

English translation
Amomum with a scape naked, [and] with a spike oblong [and] obtuse.

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
oblong oblonga - ablative singular feminine of group A adjective oblongus, -a, -um; modifies spica
[and] added for smoother reading
obtuse. obtusa - ablative singular feminine of group A adjective obtusus, -a, -um; modifies spica

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