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Pilocarpus [genus name] is derived from Greek pilo- (felt) and carpo- (fruit) components meaning 'hairy fruit'. [See Pilocarpus.]

Pilularia [genus name] is derived from Latin pilula (pill) with reference to the spores. [See Pilularia.]

pilulifera is derived from Latin pilula (pill) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'bearing little balls'. [See Urtica pilulifera.]

Pimenta [genus name] is derived from Spanish and Italian pimento, a name for allspice (Pimenta dioica). [See Pimenta.]

Pimpinella [genus name] is of uncertain derivation for some authorities. For others it is derived from medieval Latin bipinella (two winged) or a medieval name for aniseed (Pimpinella anisum). [See Pimpinella.]

pimpinellifolium is made up of the genus name Pimpinella and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of Pimpinella species. [See Solanum pimpinellifolium.]

pimpinelloides is made up of the genus name Pimpinella and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Oenanthe pimpinelloides.]

pinaster is made up of a Latin name for wild pine and -aster components meaning this species is inferior to a cultivated pine. [See Pinus pinaster.]

pinea is Latin (made of pine) meaning 'of pine'. [See Pinus pinea.]

Pinellia [genus name] commemorates an Italian botanist, humanist, scholar and bibliophile, Gian Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601), who is especially remembered for his extensive library. His library was famous in Europe and contained ultimately over 8500 printed works and hundreds of manuscripts (in various languages including Greek, Latin and Arabic) which were acquired over 50 years, many of them via Europe's then new-fangled 'booksellers'. Pinelli encouraged learning and, in the last half of the 1500s, was widely known for offering access to his private library to any serious-minded enquirer, academic and non-academic alike. He maintained a herb garden and, after the death of the Italian physician and botanist, Luca Ghini (1490-1556), who was a professor of medicine at Bologna and created both the first known herbarium and the first botanical garden, Pinelli transcribed some of Ghini's papers which were sought after as Ghini had left no published works. In addition to his library Pinelli also collected mathematical instruments. He was interested too in optics (he lost the sight of one eye after a childhood accident), and he learnt to play a musical instrument. Authorities note he detested travelling yet he established a wide network of eminent correspondents from all over Europe. [See Pinellia.]


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