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Amaryllis and Hippeastrums: How do I say Crinum?

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3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
8:22 PM

Post #5885318

I love crinum and have been collecting a bit. About 4 bulbs. (Just found out though that they are a bit snooty and mostly don't bloom until they've settled down for a couple of years and I'm probably (hoping to) moving in 2 years so, add it all up and it'll be about 4-6 years before I see blooms!)

Anyway, I'm wandering.

Do you pronouce the "i" sounding like the "i" in indian (as I have)

or as I was corrected

like a long "i" as the "i" in: "I" was so embarassed.

Thanks y'all.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #5885372

Cr (like in crash) - in (like the word)-um (like uummmm I dont know)
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #5885535

I have always been told the i was as in "I"
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #5885536

That's how I said it, but this person corrected me and said the "i" was a long vowel as in "line".

Thanks for the confirmation. :-)
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5885540

Oh I have some that have bloomed in 1 year from planting so they are not all fussy.
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
9:36 PM

Post #5885548

Oops. We crossed. Well, that 2 for each side.

2 for long vowel "i"

2 for short vowel "i"

I'll see if Websters online says anything useful.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
9:47 PM

Post #5885586

crinum as in "cry me a river"
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
9:59 PM

Post #5885633

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/crinum
Here they say cry-num

I got the short i from a Dallas master Gardener lesson... ummm
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
10:02 PM

Post #5885644

The pronouncing dictionary I have, from the American Nurseryman, says it is the long "i" like cry.
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
10:07 PM

Post #5885654

Well, cross posting again and still getting diff sounds.

This message was edited Dec 12, 2008 5:08 PM
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #5885669

alice, how do I access your dictionary? There are many plants that I'm unsure as to how to pronounce and could certainly use this resource.

3gardeners, same for you. do you have a link?

uh oh...I'm bad about correcting. Once had the audacity to correct FIL and that was the dirtiest look I've EVER gotten, lol. I was correct but he found it rude plus out of place since I'm a "girl" and girls know nothing, lol. Bless his heart. Bless my heart.
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #5885678

I've now checked 3 different "dictionary type" sites that sound it out for you and they all pronounce it with a "cry" sound at the beginning. I've always said it the other way. I now know for sure and will try to re-train my brain and say "cry-num" from now on. (But I still won't EVER correct someone in public!)

Thank you all for your quick responces and have a great weekend!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #5885691

It is just a little pocket sized book that I picked up many years ago. This is an updated version.

http://www.gardenshoponline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=146



Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6408489

Hi All,
I was told (way too MANY years ago to mention) that Latin vowels are always long: so, A as in Day, E as in Need, I (indeed) as in Cry, O as in Go-Go, and U as in Use. The only fly in the ointment is the people around you who don't pronounce them like that! LOL!

Personally, I think it is more important that we spell the words right than any thing else. So long as we agree on WHAT we are discussing, the rest is secondary.

Also, the DG Plant Files pages all have pronunciation guides on the pages. I seriously WANT/SLAVER/COVET this CRY-num! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/90355/

Ciao, KK.
DyanesGarden
Port Washington, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 13, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #7057680

I just saw this thread, sorry to be late to the discussion. I found a free guide that I use all the time for Botanical Latin. It's an audio pronunciation guide to plants. It doesn't have every plant known to man but it is still very useful. They pronounce Crinum as KRY-NUM. As in Cry.

http://www.finegardening.com/pguide/pronunciation-guide-to-botanical-latin.aspx

Dyane
Kamikid
Thomasville, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #7068820

Thank Dyane, I have been looking for that for quite awhile. I'm terrible with the Latin names. Mostly because I don't want to learn them.
Debbie2007
Port Vincent, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2009
6:28 AM

Post #7069485

O dear , I been pronouncing it the other way. What's new. LOL But I am so glad to have found this thread. A sweetheart last year gave me about 8 of them , rhyzomes and I planted them and they are the prettiest foliage about a foot tall, last year and this. But no blooms. I'm glad to know maybe in the spring. Maybe they were waiting for me to learn how to say their name correctly. :)

Debbie

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2009
10:54 AM

Post #7069641

(((((Debbie)))))))))
Debbie2007
Port Vincent, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #7070674

Hi sweet Kim. I have been quietly enjoying your beautiful garden this year. Such a joy. (((hugs)))

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #7070744

Hi Debbie,

So glad to hear from you. Debbie, my crinums didn't bloom so well this year either. Only one group, the others skipped flowering this year.
Debbie2007
Port Vincent, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #7070806

Good to hear from you too Kim. I'm looking forward to my surprises this spring. But even without blooms, the foliage has been so pretty and a great addition to my beds. Thank you sweet friend.

Debbie

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