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Language: English with bilingual preface and introduction in English and Portuguese
From the preface:
"The flora of Mozambique is composed of more than a thousand different plant species. Plants are part of daily life, they are used for a good many purposes. One eats them, uses them for medicinal purposes, makes oil out of them, uses them in construction or as ﬁrewood, feeds them to the animals. Many plants were given names that indicate their use, point out their special meaning for a family or are simply names that people heard talking about. Every plant name has its own history.
ln Mozambique about a dozen languages and two hundred different dialects are spoken. It hardly needs to be pointed out that one plant may have various names, these can be very much alike or completely different. This dictionary, or ‘checklist’, gives us the possibility to fully comprehend what actually is known about plant names. The list cannot be complete of course, it is intended to serve as a reference for future works. Its value, however, – not only for Mozambicans – is obvious. This dictionary enables the communication about different plants in the various provinces of Mozambique."
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