Sunizum

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Sunizum Stephanus pro seuniz quod est nigella scripsit.


Translation:

Stephanus writes sunizum instead of seuniz, which is nigella {"black cumin"} in Latin.


Commentary:

Siggel (1950: 47): /šūnīz/ ﺷﻮﻧﻴﺰ Nigella sativa (Ranunculac.), Schwarzkümmel {i.e. "black cumin"}.

The word nigella {sc. herba} - first mentioned in the works of Theordorus Priscianus (4th c. AD) and Caelius Aurelianus (5th c. AD or before) - means "blackish, darkish" and must refer to the small black seeds of the plant.


See also: Xaumĩ, Melantium

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