WWW sites for translating LATIN?

David Nicolson Nicolson.David at NMNH.SI.EDU
Wed Jun 20 08:40:57 CDT 2001

I believe there are another few options on the following site, though I
have not used them (same caveats on care in use):


On Tue, 19 Jun 2001 14:36:33 -0400, christian thompson
<cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV> wrote:

>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 pale
>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
>F. Christian Thompson
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