Bifere

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Bifere dicuntur arbores que bis anno fructiferant.


Apparatus:

dicuntur ABC fjp | dn͡t ms. e
bis AC | bis in B efjp
fructiferant AC | fructificant B efjp
{fructiferant} plinius add. efj {see comment}


Translation:

Trees that bear fruit twice a year are called in Latin bifer {(lit.) "twice bearing"}


Commentary:

bifere:
The adjective bifer is a compound of bi- "twice" + fer {"carry, bear"}. Simon's bifere, classic biferae, is nom. pl. fem. in agreement with arbores {"trees"}.


As for the allusion to Pliny in witnesses efj, it must be said that the adjective bifer occurs in quite a number of ancient authors like Varro, Columella and Virgil and not only in Pliny.


WilfGunther (talk) 15:38, 13 December 2016 (GMT)


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