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Cimicifuga [genus name] is made up of Latin cimici- (bedbug) and fugio or fugo (to repel, drive away, put to flight) components with reference to stinking bugbane's (Actaea cimicifuga) use in the past (not least in Siberia) as an insect repellent for bedbugs (and stinking bugbane used to be in the Cimicifuga genus). [See ... .]

cimicifuga is derived from the genus name Cimicifuga meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Actaea cimicifuga.]

Cineraria [genus name] is derived from Latin cinereus (ash-grey) with reference to the leaves' greyish downy hairs. [See Cineraria.]

cinerariifolium is made up of the genus name Cineraria and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that genus'. [See Tanacetum cinerariifolium.]

Cinnamodendron [genus name] is derived from the name of the spice genus Cinnamomum and Greek dendro- (tree) components. [See Cinnamodendron.]

cinnamomea means 'cinnamon-coloured or pale reddish-brown like cinnamon'. [See Osmunda cinnamomea.]

Circaea [genus name] honours the Greek goddess and sorceress Circe who was said to have turned Odysseus's men into pigs — a fate which Odysseus would have suffered also if Hermes had not given him a mythical herb as a defence. [See Circaea.]

cirrhatum is derived from Latin cirrus (lock of hair, curl, ringlet) meaning 'furnished with tendrils'. [See Arthropodium cirrhatum.]

Cirsium [genus name] is derived from either Greek for a kind of thistle or kirsos (a swollen vein) with reference to the effect of being pricked by the plant. [See Cirsium.]

Cissus [genus name] is derived from either Greek kissos (ivy) or Arabic gissos (ivy) with reference to its climbing habit. [See Cissus.]


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