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Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and their Origin

By: DC Watts

1001 pages, no illustrations


Hardback | Jul 2000 | #110995 | ISBN: 0444503560
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The dictionary contains about 30,000 vernacular and literary English names of plants (plus a few American), both wild and cultivated, with their botanical name and a brief account of the names' meaning if known. It was conceived as part of the author's wider interest in plant and tree lore, and ethnobotanical studies.

This dictionary has now been superseded by the Dictionary of Plant Lore but he same publisher (2007).

...This dictionary contains about 30,000 vernacular and British names of plants with the goal to summarise British 'plant and tree lore'. ...The sheer size of the undertaking, but also that the book is such a meticulous piece of scholarly work is very impressive and makes the book a unique and very useful source of information on British plants. ...It is of interest to anyone doing research on British plants, their history and current use and to linguists and other scholars focusing on the British language. Journal of Ethnopharmacology

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