Epiphyte - first use
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primust at ST.TEL.HR
Fri Mar 23 14:31:44 CST 2001
I'll try to help.
I don't know who was the first author of this word, but I have this data:
Respectable Croatian algologist (deceased) Dr. Ante Ercegovic, Catholic
priest and scientist, wrote in appendices glossary of his book this:
Epifiti - manje biljke, koje rastu na vecima
(The original definition in Croatian language)
Epiphytes - smaller plants that grow on the bigger ones
The original definition in English translation (my translation):
Sorry for my bad English, but it is it, isn't it?
It was published in 1949.
Author and the original title:
Ante Ercegovic (1949) Zivot u moru. Biologijska oceanografija. Izdavacki
zavod "JAZU". Zagreb
My translation of the title:
Ante Ercegovic (1949) Life in the sea. Biological Oceanography...
I am sure that he published some earlier works, where he mentioned the word
but I don't know who was the first one, who was the father of the word.
Prirodoslovni muzej i zooloski vrt Split
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primust at st.tel.hr
----- Original Message -----
From: "Neal Evenhuis" <neale at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 12:32 AM
Subject: Re: Epiphyte - first use
> At 11:12 AM +1200 3/21/01, john steel wrote:
> > Can anyone out there please help with a source for the first
> >use of the word epiphyte? I would like to track down its first
> > Thanks in advance, John Steel.
> There is a mailing list I'm on (World Wide Words) in which the host
> (Michael Quinion) can probably very well answer that question -- as
> he is a consulting editor for OED. If he doesn't have the answer, he
> just emails them.
> You can contact him directly at: words at quinion.com
> For me, he found the first use of "speciose" as dating from 1955.
> Good luck,
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