[Taxacom] canaliculate

Weakley, Alan weakley at bio.unc.edu
Mon Aug 3 08:26:06 CDT 2020


I wish we would move past the idea that using some Latinate descriptor is somehow more precise or scientific than just describing it well.  Perhaps we could debate whether vallecular might be better than canaliculate— when both have been used in different precise ways and also in different degrees of precision or generality.  Describe carefully (if it matters) or better still illustrate.  3D shapes are poorly dealt with by language.

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Hi John,
          You said you were describing U-shaped channels.  I would assume "canaliculate" could also refer to channels that are parabolic rather than U-shaped.  So if your channels are strictly U-shaped, I would think that "U-shaped channels" would be more precise.  But if your channels are sometimes parabolic rather than U-shaped, then canaliculate might be okay.
                 My two cents,    Ken

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I received a few suggestions and all much appreciated. The term
'canaliculate' used in botany seemed to fit the bill quite well. Will have
to see what my collaborators think of that.

John Grehan
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