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Ranunculus Plinius ranunculum vocamus quam greci botrachion genera eius quattuor et cetera supra in botrachion.


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Ranunculus: Pliny says: we {i.e. the Romans} call ranunculus that plant, which the Greeks call botrachion; and there are four different kinds of it, etc. See the entry Borachion above.


Ranunculus, lit. "little frog" is a loan translation from Greek βατράχιον /batrákhion/, the diminutive of βάτραχος /bátrakhos/ "frog". The motive for naming is that these plants prefer watery habitats.

For further information see Botrachion.

Wilf Gunther 23/01/14

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