Dictionary of Botanical Epithets

Dictionary of Botanical Epithets

nidiformis - nocturnus

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Epithet

Definition

Derivation

Stem

Type/
Gender

Meaning

nidiformis
nidiformis
nidiforme
nest shaped
nidusnidnoun/ma nest; a dwelling
iicnctconnective vowel used by botanical Latin
formisformadjin botanical Latin a substantive suffix for nouns derived from 'forma': to be in the form or shape of...
nidus
nidi
bird's nest
nidusnidnoun/ma nest; a dwelling
Asplenium nidus L.
niger
nigra
nigrum
black
nigernigradjblack
Helleborus niger L.
Pinus nigra Arnold
Allium nigrum All.
nigerrimus
nigerrima
nigerrimum
blackest
superlative of nigernigeradjblack
rimusrimadjsuperlative suffix; most so, to the greatest degree; most-, -est (e.g. largest, prettiest, whitest)
nigrescens
nigrescens
nigrescens
blackish
nigernigradjblack
escensescentadjadjective suffix for nouns or adjectives: becoming like, incomplete resemblance -ish
Oxytropis nigrescens (Pallas) Fisch. ex DC.
nigricans
nigricans
nigricans
blackish
nigernigradjblack
icansicansadjadjective suffix for nouns: becoming or closely resembling
Hedyotis nigricans (Lam.) Fosberg
nigropunctatus
nigropunctata
nigropunctatum
black spotted
nigernigradjblack
oocnctconnective vowel in botanical Latin, usually for Greek words but in some cases, such as color tingeing, for Latin words
punctumpunctnoun/nsomething that is pricked; a puncture; a spot; a small portion
atusatadjadjectival suffix for nouns: possessive of or likeness of something (with, shaped, made)/ for verb participles: a completed action, -ed
niphophilus
niphophila
niphophilum
snow loving
niphaniphnoun/nνιφα
snow
oocnctconnective vowel in botanical Latin, usually for Greek words but in some cases, such as color tingeing, for Latin words
philusphiladjphilos
φιλοσ, ε, ον
loved; loving, friendly, fond
us
Latinizing suffix
Eucalyptus niphophila Maiden & Blakely
nitidulus
nitidula
nitidulum
somewhat shiny
nitidusnitidadjshining, bright, polished
ulusuladjadjective suffix for adjectives: diminutive
Alectoria nitidula (Th. Fr.) Vainio
Asplenium nitidulum Hbd., non Moore
nivalis
nivalis
nivale
of the snow
nivalisnivaladjof the snow
Erysimum nivale (Greene) Rydb.
Douglasia nivalis Lindl.
niveus
nivea
niveum
snow white
niveusniveadjof the snow; snow white
Castilleja nivea Pennell & Ownbey
Eriogonum niveum Dougl. ex Benth.
Andropogon niveus Swallen
nivicolus
nivicola
nivicolum
living in the snow
nixnivnoun/fsnow
iicnctconnective vowel used by botanical Latin
coluscoladjincola
dweller, inhabitant -> -cola/-colus suffix
nivosus
nivosa
nivosum
snow white
nivosusnivosadjfull of snow, snowy
Breynia nivosa (Bull) Small
Phyllanthus nivosus Bull
nobilis
nobilis
nobile
notable, famous
nobilisnobiladjwell-known, famous; noble
Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.
Hepatica nobilis Schreber
nobilissimus
nobilissima
nobilissimum
most notable
superlative of nobilisnobiladjwell-known, famous; noble
issimusissimadjsuperlative suffix; most so, to the greatest degree; most-, -est (e.g. largest, prettiest, whitest)
Lilium nobilissimum Makino
nocturnus
nocturna
nocturnum
by night
nocturnusnocturnadjof night, by night, nocturnal
Amphiglottis nocturna (Jacq.) Britt.
Cestrum nocturnum L.