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Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID
  • From: "Planter Rik" planterrik@hotmail.com
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:30:00 -0500

Personally, I enjoyed Mr. Schmid's display of erudition and passion, and I will save his useful notes and conclusions.
I'm not a classics scholar or a botanist. I'm just handy with some common reference works, which has its limitations.
But try me on 19th-century French poetry!


From: "W. George Schmid" Re: Etymology of AROID
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 10:00:36 -0400

Someone contacted me privately and asked me to keep it simple and post what
"aroid" translates to. In the sense of Theophrastus, who first published the
name aron (= Dracunculus vulgaris) in his The History of Plants it means:
Aroid = aron + oides = resembling Dracunculus vulgaris (not lily or
trillium). WGS
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