[Taxacom] The word botany

chris chris at aduru.de
Tue Jan 13 07:29:00 CST 2009


Hi there,

I for one do not believe that 'thanatos-theory' for one single second ;-)
As already said, the word Botany comes from Greek botáne (and not, as often to be read botané), which is grass, foodplant (for cattle, livestock etc.).
Connected is botámia, the place for the cattle.

If Thanatos (the twin brother of Hypnos) would be a part of our word, it supposed to be boTHany, isn't it?

Best regards,

Chris

----

Hi:

still trying to have some convincing evidence of the link through thanatos...

anyways...

on other hand, a while ago I had some similar issue with the word
Herma, used for reef-building corals, and in the end a Greek colleague
of my former professor had to go search in some ancient greek text.

but then again...

still have no evidence for the thanatos part.  :-) 

cheers

sergio

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> > On 2009-01-07 07:21, Jacques Melot wrote:
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>> >> (Le lien
>> >> avec le grec ? thanatos ? est fantaisiste ;
>> >> pourquoi pas, pendant qu'on y est, bo + thanatos
>> >> = mort au vaches !)
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> > Perhaps it's an ancient Greek pun. One would need to be familiar with
> > the herbs of the pasture to avoid poisoning the cattle.  :-) 
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