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marginalis is derived from Latin marginis (edge, border) meaning 'edged'. [See Dryopteris marginalis.]

marginata is derived from Latin marginis (edge, border) meaning 'edged'. [See Euphorbia marginata, Oenothera caespitosa subsp. marginata.]

marilandica means 'of or from the State of Maryland (United States)'. [See Sanicula marilandica, Senna marilandica, Spigelia marilandica, Quercus marilandica.]

marina is Latin (of the sea) meaning 'near the sea or coastal'. [See Najas marina.]

marinum is Latin (of the sea) meaning 'near the sea or coastal'. [See Asplenium marinum.]

maritimum is Latin (of the sea) meaning 'coastal, or of the sea or seaside'. [See Crithmum maritimum, Erodium maritimum, Eryngium maritimum, Pancratium maritimum, Polygonum maritimum.]

Marrubium [genus name] is derived for some authorities from the name of a very old Italian town, Maria Urbs. For others it is a classical Latin name for a white horehound cough remedy, and for yet others it comes from Hebrew marrob (bitter juice). [See Marrubium.]

Marsilea [genus name] commemorates an Italian soldier, geographer and naturalist, Count Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli (1656-1730) from Bologna. Prior to becoming an officer in the army of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705) in 1682, he had travelled in the Ottoman Empire gathering information about its natural history and military capability. For the next twenty years he not only fought in many European battles but also fed his curiosity and interest in the sciences, particularly geography and natural history. He gathered all manner of scientific information (including measurements of the speed and size of rivers in connection with his projected work on the Danube), considered the structure of mountains, and studied marine biology and the natural state of rivers and lakes. He made astronomical observations, mapped areas and determined geographical boundaries. He collected plant and animal specimens, as well as artefacts, fossils and antiquities, and he classified mushrooms, and made descriptions of Roman ruins. In 1712, when he returned to Bologna, he presented it all to the Senate of Bologna. He established Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna which initially embraced six disciplines led by appropriate professors, as well as a printing house (provided with typefaces for Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and Latin) which he placed in the hands of the Dominicans. He was a Fellow of The Royal Society in London and in 1715 became a foreign associate of the French Academy of Sciences. His published works include Histoire physique de la mer, Danubius Pannonico-mysicus, observationibus ..., and L'Etat militaire de l'empire ottoman. [See Marsilea.]

marsupium is derived from Latin marsuppium (pouch, purse). [See Pterocarpus marsupium.]

martagon is, for some authorities, a local name for this species, for others it is Turkish (particular kind of turban) and yet others view the meaning as being obscure. [See Lilium martagon.]


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