A Little About Flowers


Many plants take their names from the shape of their leaves or different objects.

In Moonriver Lodge we have some examples to share

a) From Greek source words:

Orchid for “a testicle” with reference to its bulbous roots.

Antirrhinum for a nose – Hydrangea for a water vessel

b) From Latin source words:

Palm for the palm of the hand

c) From the colour of the flower:

Carnation for “flesh-coloured” in French

Chrysanthemum for “golden” in Greek – Iris for “all colours of the rainbow” in Greek

(Source: What’s In A Word? By John Kane)


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