WWW sites for translating LATIN?

Vr. Richard Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld ricardo at ANS.COM.AU
Wed Jun 20 08:34:49 CDT 2001

Dear Christian,
If you do not speak basic Latin is for nothing,
To see what do you get try to translate from your language to xy language
and this result you will translate back to your language...
Be prepare for a shock..

----- Original Message -----
From: "christian thompson" <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 4:36 AM
Subject: WWW sites for translating LATIN?

> Given all the botanists who read TAXACOM, etc., do any of you know of good
> sites on the World Wide Web where one can get Latin diagnoses /
> translated? Or even be able to look up the meanings of Latin words.
> Yes, as a zoologist I am rather ignorant of Latin, but occassionally do
> have to deal with old description in Latin and where the types are now
> Hence, phrases, such as
> "Thoracis ... maculis ad unumquodue latus duabus luteo-pallidis, una ante,
> alia post alas."  or
> "Abdomen ... margini segmentorum praecedentium proximis nisi contiguis, et
> duabus ad latera segmenti primi flavis ..."
> sometimes are critical.  [Yes, I do get that one is a description of a
> luteous color lateral marking on the thorax and the other the yellow color
> on the margins of the abdomen. But I am still missing some of the
> adjectives]
> Thanks
> F. Christian Thompson
> Systematic Entomology Lab., ARS, USDA
> Smithsonian Institution
> Washington, D. C. 20560-0169
> (202) 382-1800 voice
> (202) 786-9422 FAX
> cthompso at sel.barc.usda.gov
> visit our Diptera site at www.diptera.org

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