WWW sites for translating LATIN?

Mark Garland magarland at NETZERO.NET
Tue Jun 19 21:44:02 CDT 2001

To the sites mentioned earlier, I'll add the Perseus project at Tufts
University.  Completely non-biological, but they have Lewis & Short (a
standard Latin dictionary) and Liddell, Scott & Jones (a standard Greek
dictionary) in a searchable format online.  Here's a link to the
dictionaries and a Latin morphological analysis tool (tells you what the
particular form of a Latin word means grammatically).  I've never run across
any zoological Latin sites.


"Thoracis ... maculis ad unumquodue [should be unumquodque] latus duabus
luteo-pallidis, una ante,
alia post alas"

"With 2 pale yellow spots on each side of the thorax, one in front of, the
other behind the wings"

"Abdomen ... margini segmentorum praecedentium proximis nisi contiguis, et
duabus ad latera segmenti primi flavis ..."

"Abdomen...with [something plural missing here] very near if not touching
the margin of the preceding segments, and with two yellow [something else
missing] on the sides of the first segment"

Hope this helps,

Mark Garland
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

----- Original Message -----
From: "christian thompson" <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:36 PM
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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