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D.C. Watts, Dictionary of Plant Lore

Posted on: September 30, 2007

D.C. Watts, Dictionary of Plant Lore
Academic Press | ISBN 012374086X | 2007 | PDF | 2.8 MB | 472 pages


Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as “Blind Man” due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve to explain the meaning of the botanical name. For example, Beauty-Berry is the name given to the American shrub that belongs to the genus Callicarpa. Callicarpa is Greek for beautiful fruit. Still other names come from literary sources providing rich detail of the transmission of words through the ages.

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