Cestras

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Cestras et dexeris vocatur gladiolus herba ut infra in suis locis et cetera.


Apparatus:

Cestras ABCD efjp | cestris Dioscorides Longobardus
dexeris (d’xeris p) ABC ep | dixeris fj {ms. j has above dixeris written by a different hand: vide dexeris}
gladiolus | glãdiolus p
et cetera add. AC


Translation:

Cestras and dexeris are synonyms for the herb gladiolus as is explained in the appropriate entries below, etc.


Commentary:

Cestras:
Simon's cestras, which appears as cestris in the source text, i.e. Dioscorides Longobardus, 4, 22, ed. Stadler (1901: 18f) De xeris [[1]], is most likely a ghost word, i.e. the scion of a misread/ misinterpreted/ misremembered word that owes its existence to some infelicity. Cestris is not mentioned anywhere else in the literature except in quotes from Dioscorides Longobardus, 4 ,22. The word could well be nothing more than a corruption of xeris.


WilfGunther (talk) 14:30, 27 December 2016 (GMT)


See also: Dexeris, Gladiolus, Xifion


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