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escallonioides is made up of the genus name Escallonia and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like species in that genus'. [See Ardisia escallonioides.]

Eschscholzia [genus name] commemorates an Estonian physician and naturalist, Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz (1793-1831) who accompanied the Russian naval officer and explorer Otto Kotzebue (1787-1846) on his first round-the-world expedition (1815-1818) — as well as on a second circumnavigation from 1823-1826. He collected plants and insects on the first trip but concentrated on beetles during the second, and on both occasions (apart from other countries, particularly in the region of the Bering Straits) he collected in California and the Pacific. On his return to Estonia in 1828 he became professor of anatomy at Tartu University. (Some authorities note that this genus was so named by a friend of Eschscholtz, Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838) the French-born German poet and biologist, who also participated in the first expedition as a naturalist.) Bikini Atoll in the Marsall Islands in the Pacific, remembered today because of its name and the series of nuclear tests carried out there in the 1940s and 1950s, had originally been christened Eschscholtz Atoll by von Kotzebue. [See Eschscholzia.]

esculenta is Latin (edible). [See Alaria esculenta, Colocasia esculenta, Dioscorea esculenta, Manihot esculenta, Platonia esculenta, Psoralea esculenta.]

esculentum is Latin (edible). [See Fagopyrum esculentum.]

esculentus is Latin (edible). [See Cyperus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus.]

Eucharis [genus name] is derived from Greek eu- (well, good) and -charis (beauty, grace) components with reference to the flowers. [See Eucharis.]

Eucomis [genus name] is derived from Greek eu- (well, good) and -come (hair) components meaning. 'good head of hair' with reference to the green cap atop the flower-spike. [See Eucomis.]

Euonymus [genus name] is the Latin name for these shrubs and trees. For some authorities the Latin is derived from an ancient Greek name euonymon dendron (of good name), and for others from Greek eu- (well, good) and onomato- (name, good repute or fame, lucky) components, both in satirical reference to the plants' blemished reputation as being poisonous for animals. For yet others it is derived from Euonyme, in Greek mythology the mother of the Erinnyes (otherwise known as the Furies, the Greek spirits of vengeance or the dogs of Hades). [See Euonymus.]

europaea means 'of or from Europe'. [See Cuscuta europaea, Olea europaea, Salicornia europaea, Sanicula europaea, Tilia x europaea.]

europaeum means 'of or from Europe'. [See Asarum europaeum.]


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