Botanical Latin Translations

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(updated 2 June 2019)

Pinus cembra L.
(Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1000 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile)

original Latin description
Pinus foliis quinis laevibus.

Pinus with leaves [that are] five together [and] smooth.

Translation with commentary
Pinus Pinus
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
[that are] [added for smoother reading]
five together quinis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective quini, -ae, -a; agrees with foliis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
smooth. laevibus - ablative plural neuter of group B adjective laevis, -is, -e; modifies foliis

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