Re: Dieffenbachia seguine
- Subject: Re: Dieffenbachia seguine
- From: "John Criswick" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:03:19 -0700
In which language does seguin or seguine mean “to begin”?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jason Hernandez
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2016 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine
But then the question is, why would it be called by a word that means "to begin"?
As I think I may have suggested last time we had this conversation, I wonder if the Arawak name for this plant was something that sounded similar, and early colonists adopted the name without changing it? We have other examples of plant names where this has occurred, such as sarsaparilla and sassafras in North America.
So, in conclusion, it appears no one can answer my original question.
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