totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:18:43 PDT
On 15 Jun 2010, at 20:27, CGeat25049@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 6/15/2010 12:18:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
> pbs-request@lists.ibiblio.org writes:
> Forgive me gentlemen or ladies , but because I am a botanical layman,  much of
> the nomenclature being used is over my head. While I can google the  terms for
> definitions, it would be immensely helpful , when  using advanced terms , if a
> definition or two can be thrown in.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over this issue, if I were you. Remember that many of 
us have been studying botany and horticulture avocationally for decades, and 
have adopted technical terms with precise meaning into our discourse. (IOW, 
we're laymen too.) It's a lot simpler to say "apomixy" than "asexual 
reproduction in plants without fertilization or meiosis." Moreover, if we tried 
to dumb things down by explaining these, we'd probably get the explanations 
wrong! That's what dictionaries, online and in print, are for.

Just keep looking those puzzling words up and before you know it, you'll fully 
comprehend what people are writing about.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island


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