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Re: Dieffenbachia seguine

  • Subject: Re: Dieffenbachia seguine
  • From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973@wp.pl>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:19:49 +0200

Nobody said it means "to begin". I said that the pronounciation of "seguine" may be similar to English "begin".
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 1:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine

In which language does seguin or seguine mean “to begin”?




From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Jason Hernandez
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2016 7:23 PM
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
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.


Jason Hernandez




From: "John Criswick" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine
To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
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Thanks Marek. Allowing for changes in pronunciation over time and place, ?siggin? is still remarkably similar to ?seggin?. (I write these as an Anglophone would pronounce them.)


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