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Dis arabice est iuncus.


iuncus (-us B) ABC f | iunctus ms. e


Dis is Arabic for Latin iuncus {"a rush"}.


Cf. Vocabulista, ed. Schiaparelli (1871: 101): ﺩﻳﺳﺔ /dīsa/ Iuncus [[1]]; ed. Schiaparelli (1871: 445): JUNCUS ﺩﻳﺳﺔ /dīsa/ ﺩﻳﺲ /dīs/.

iuncus ﺩﻳﺲ /dīs/ is also listed in the Glossarium Latino-Arabicum, ed. Seybold (1900: 276) [[2]].

Dozy (1877-81: I.481), ﺩﻳﺲ /dīs/, n. d’un ﺓ, espèce de jonc à feuilles plates, dures et coupantes, dont on se sert pour faire des nattes et des cordages, pour couvrir les maisons, et nourrir les bestiaux {i.e. "a kind of rush with flat leaves, strong and sharp-edged, which are used to make mats and ropes to cover the houses and to feed to the animals"}.

Botanical identification:

Dozy also offers a number of botanical identifications: Arundo festucoides Desf., Ampelodesmos tenax Link. both now seen as one species Ampelodesmos mauritanica (POIR)T DURAND& SCHINZ [[3]], [[4]]; and Imperata cylindrica (L.) P.BEAUV. [[5]], perhaps an unlikely candidate because it was until recently, and presumably in Simon’s days, a native of India, South East Asia and East Africa.

WilfGunther 21:14, 2 September 2014 (BST)

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