Ornithogalum adseptentrionesvergentulum

Jim McKenney jamesamckenney@verizon.net
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:11:37 PDT
It seems to me that this word adseptentrionesvergentulum is not formed properly.

Although the phrase "ad septentriones vergentulum" might make sense in prose,  squashing the separate words together does not form a proper botanical epithet. Botanical epithets may be compound words, but such compounds must follow the rules of forming compound words. The published word adseptentrionesvergentulum does not seem to do so. 

If "ad septentriones" is construed as the preposition "ad" followed by they accusative plural of the third declension noun "septentriones", with the implied meaning "to the north", then in this sense the word adseptentrionesvergentuum fails the test for a properly compounded word. 

If  "adseptentriones" is construed as a word, an adverb to be specific, then it needs an adverbial ending to indicate its adverbial nature. . 

Jim McKenney

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