[Taxacom] The word botany

bti at dsmz.de bti at dsmz.de
Tue Jan 13 10:38:44 CST 2009


The Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon gives  
the following information:
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2320430

This might help.
Brian

Quoting chris <chris at aduru.de>:

> 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 !)
>>>
>> >
>> > 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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