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Gerry Webster

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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #360 on: November 23, 2009, 10:43:48 PM »
A bit more on 'liverwort'. 'Wort' is an Old English term (related to 'root') & meaning a plant which is useful for food or medicine. So 'liverwort' refers to a plant which is useful in relation to the liver. 
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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #361 on: November 23, 2009, 10:46:20 PM »
Yes, Gerry, all you say is true, but if I phone you and tell you I've got a terrible problem with  liverwort, your first thought is not that I have an infestation of Hepaticas, is it?  ???
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Gerry Webster

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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #362 on: November 23, 2009, 11:35:09 PM »
Yes, Gerry, all you say is true, but if I phone you and tell you I've got a terrible problem with  liverwort, your first thought is not that I have an infestation of Hepaticas, is it?  ???
No Maggi - I would suppose that you were finding your medicine ineffective.
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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #363 on: December 14, 2009, 08:38:33 AM »
The Hungarian for Hepatica is májvirág = liver flower, and for liverwort: májmoha = liver moss.
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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #364 on: December 14, 2009, 04:18:24 PM »
A bit more on 'liverwort'. 'Wort' is an Old English term (related to 'root') & meaning a plant which is useful for food or medicine. So 'liverwort' refers to a plant which is useful in relation to the liver. 
Quite interesting - 'Wort' seems to habe the same origin as 'Wurz - Wurzel' which means 'root' in German.
The Hungarian for Hepatica is májvirág = liver flower, and for liverwort: májmoha = liver moss.
We call it also 'Lebermoos' - which is liver moss

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Re: Hepatica 2009
« Reply #365 on: December 14, 2009, 09:17:26 PM »
Kata & Gerd - your contributions are very interesting. It seems that the common names in a number of European languages where there is  a reference to 'liver' may be translations from mediaeval Latin - i.e.,  the texts of herbals.

Incidentally, Hepatica is (or was) known in the USA as 'liverleaf'.
 
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