Botanical Latin Translations

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(updated 3 March 2023)

Cupressus sempervirens L.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Cupressus sempervirens in Species Plantarum, edition 1, p. 1002.
   today: The current name for this species is Cupressus sempervirens L.

original Latin description
Cupressus foliis imbricatis, frondibus quadrangulis.

English translation
Cupressus with leaves imbricate [and] branchlets quadrangular.

English translation with commentary
Cupressus Cupressus
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
imbricate imbricatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective imbricatis, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
branchlets frondibus. - ablative plural of third declension feminine noun frons, frondis
quadrangular. quadrangulis - ablative plural feminine of group A adjective quadrangulus, -a, -um; modifies frondibus

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