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Pitides vocant greci fructus in ramis pini repertos sive ut latini coni.


Pitides the Greeks call the fruits found in the branches of a pine tree, such as the Latins call coni.


Pitides is, in this exact form, not attested elsewhere. It is derived from πίτυς /pitys/, the Greek word for pine. In classical Greek, a pine cone would be called κῶνος /kōnos/. The fruit of a pine cone (i.e. pine nuts) could also be referred to as πιτυίδες /pityides/, see for instance Galen de simpl. med. temp. ac fac. (Kühn 1821-33: XII.102.16) "Πιτυΐδες. ὀνομάζεται δ’ οὕτως ὁ καρπὸς τῶν πιτύων." or Dioscorides, 1, 69, 3, 5, ed. Welmann (1906-14) "πιτυίδες δὲ καλοῦνται ὁ καρπὸς τῶν πιτύων καὶ τῆς πεύκης ὁ εὑρισκόμενος ἐν τοῖς κώνοις."; this word appears to be specific to medical texts.

Thus, in this entry, Simon describes pitides, most likely a simplified rendering of the Greek /pityides/, as pine cones rather than pine nuts.

See also: Coni

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