[Taxacom] canliculate

Dennis During dcduring at gmail.com
Tue Aug 4 17:40:06 CDT 2020


Is the U shape in plan or section?

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 14:17 John Grehan via Taxacom <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> It would be nice if there were a good word for u-shaped, and also for a
> u-shape that curves medially towards the distal ends (sort of like the
> Greeek letter omega), but if there isn't, then there isn't ,and will I
> manage anyway.
>
> John Grehan
>
> On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 2:06 PM Les Watling via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
>
> > I was curious about canaliculate being used to describe a U-shaped
> > structure so I checked various dictionaries online. One a medical
> > dictionary made the distinction between canliculate and valleculate. The
> > former is more like a canal, i.e., with steep sides, and the latter is
> more
> > wide valley-like. In the medical dictionary the valleculate is used for
> > wide depressions and canaliculate for narrower, probably more steep-sided
> > depressions.
> >
> > Geologists tend to just use U-shaped or V-shaped for valleys carved by
> > glaciers (in the former case) or rivers and streams (in the latter case),
> > but it seems that maybe medicine and botany have coined specific terms,
> > based most likely on Latin words, for structures or features with
> specific
> > attributes.
> >
> > When I first started out in taxonomic work, I was concerned that my
> > vocabulary of adjectives, in particular, was not very good. So, I bought
> a
> > book called Bersteins Reverse Dictionary, which helped a lot, but wasn't
> as
> > easy to use as one might think.
> >
> > In the end, in taxonomy, words are great if their meaning is not too
> broad
> > or ambiguous, but I can also agree with Ken Kinman that maybe using
> > "U-shaped" is better than trying to come up with a word that has more
> > precision than that....
> >
> > Best,
> > Les
> >
> >
> >
> > Les Watling
> > Professor, Dept. of Biology
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