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Tropical Zone Gardening: Etymology of withania

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kmoksha
New Delhi
India

April 22, 2010
11:31 PM

Post #7729136

Very good website to know etymology of botanical names of plants and info for plants.
Would like to know the etymology of withania.
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2010
4:27 AM

Post #7729343

Have you done a google.com search?

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 23, 2010
9:17 AM

Post #7730031

What does "etymology" mean?
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2010
10:20 AM

Post #7730169

Etymology is the study of the history of words and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 23, 2010
10:50 AM

Post #7730258

Thanks!

Latin is used for Binomial Nomenclature because it does not change over time.

Withania somnifera, Ashwaganda is a novelty among the hippie culture in the US, but is still not well known in the West. As is most Ayurvedic Medicine.

Here are roots from last season's harvest!

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

April 23, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #7730931

Some time ago I found this link to a site which explains the meaning of botanical epithets. You might find something helpful there.

www.winternet.com/~chuckg/dictionary.html
kmoksha
New Delhi
India

April 24, 2010
4:26 AM

Post #7732131

Sorry, no links you have posted have helped

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 24, 2010
2:37 PM

Post #7733417

Exactly what information are you looking for?
kmoksha
New Delhi
India

June 13, 2010
4:28 AM

Post #7883851

No one in this forum knows the derivation (etymology )of withania?Googled it up but did not find it anywhere.
kmoksha
New Delhi
India

June 13, 2010
4:32 AM

Post #7883858

Like somnifera means sleep inducing.What is the meaning of withania? Or from where this word came and how and by whom it was coined? Is it the name of a famous person? Which language the word is from?
balaitalisai
Pasig City
Philippines

June 13, 2010
5:32 AM

Post #7883927


Got interested in this thread and googled whithania. Here's an interesting find:

Plant Name : Withania Sominifera
Family: Solanaceae
Local Name: Ashwa - Ghanda ; Meaning: Horse Smell
ETYMOLOGY: THE ROOTS SMELL LIKE HORSE URINE !

Source: Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge
Vol. 7 (2), April 2008, pp 365-370
lynnOnOlena
Keaau, HI

June 21, 2010
1:30 PM

Post #7908206

Derivation of the botanical name:
Withania for withanine, the main constituents of this plant.
somnifera, somnifer, sleep bringing ; meaning sleep inducing The name ashwagandha (one of the common names for this herb) comes from the sanskrit meaning "horse-like-smell". Apparently, this name not only refers to the smell of the herb but also its strengthening and aphrodisiac qualities. It is sometimes called “Indian Ginseng”.

http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Withaniasomnifera_page.htm

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


June 21, 2010
1:38 PM

Post #7908232

As the plant is poisonous, care should be taken when using it.
lynnOnOlena
Keaau, HI

June 21, 2010
1:55 PM

Post #7908289

http://www.answers.com/topic/william-withering

I believe that Withania was named for WIlliam Withering.

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