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Medeola [genus name] honours a sorceress in Greek mythology, Medea, with reference to her magical potions and the alleged medicinal properties of the root. [See Medeola.]

media is Latin (middle) meaning 'middle or intermediate'. [See Briza media, Plantago media, Pyrola media, Stellaria media.]

Medicago [genus name] is for some authorities derived from Greek medike (medick), the classical Greek name used for a kind of crop, probably a cereal. Others note, although this seems less likely, that Darius I (548-486 BC) who ruled Persia (now Iran) is associated with lucerne (Medicago sativa) and that this is recalled in the use of the plant's name today.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots, they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it), to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Medicago.]

medium is Latin (middle) meaning 'middle or intermediate'. [See Campanula medium.]

Melaleuca [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and leuco- (white) components with reference to the black trunk and white branches or shoots of some species. [See Melaleuca.]

Melampyrum [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and pyros (wheat) components.

Authorities note that all species in this genus are potentially poisonous. [See Melampyrum.]

melanocerasum is made up of Greek melano- (black) and Latin cerasus (cherry) components with reference to the cherry-like black fruit. [See Solanum melanocerasum.]

melanosporum is made up of Greek melano- (black) and sporo- (seed) components meaning 'black-spored'. [See Tuber melanosporum.]

melanoxylon is made up of Greek melano- (black) and -xylon (wood) components. [See Acacia melanoxylon, Dalbergia melanoxylon.]

Melanthium [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and antho- (flower) components with reference to the part of the flower that darkens after blooming. [See Melanthium.]


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