"fide" in authorship

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Wed Jun 26 13:25:56 CDT 2002

At 10:40 AM 6/26/02 -0700, you wrote:

>I recently came across a family name (Hyolithidae)
>with the authorship of Matthew fide Fisher, 1962.
>What exactly does the 'fide' mean?

Ablative singular of fides, faith, literally, "by the faith."   I take it
to mean that whoever wrote this is taking Fischer's word that Matthew was
the author.  In other words, he didn't check the original himself, but
trusts that Fischer did and got it right.   The word shows up in
non-nomenclatural contexts as well.  The OED even shows it as a rare
transitive verb in English, meaning to confide or entrust a thing to someone.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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