A most horrid moth!
AZemba at maguiregroup.com
Mon Jun 17 09:46:43 EDT 2002
The combining form "horrida" is, indeed, of latin origin.
Borror (1960) lists the following similar combining forms:
horri (Latin): Terror, to bristle
horrib (Latin): Terrible; fearful
horrid (Latin): Rough, prickly
The latter seems to apply.
Borror, Donald, J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. Mayfield Publishing Company, Palo Alto, CA. 134 pages.
(note: includes word roots and combining forms used in science from not only greek and latin, but also those scientific names derived from other languages, countries, tribes, etc.)
Anthony J. Zemba
Senior Environmental Scientist
Maguire Group, Inc.
One Court Street
New Britain, CT
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Subject: RE: A most horrid moth!
> Very interesting - and makes more sense - I will add that interpretation to
> the web page!
> Thanks, Eric
> John Himmelman
> Killingworth, CT
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> Your photo of Zale horrida is excellent.
> I think all of us need to be careful about using an English dictionary
> to look up words from a different language. Hubner was probably using
> Greek or Latin. I don't have a Greek Lexicon, but I think that when you
> look up the word horrid in a Latin Dictionary, you'll discover it does
> not mean horrible. Horridus means "standing on end, sticking out, rough
> shaggy, bristly, prickly." I can see where Hubner found the appearance
> of the scales to be sticking out, rough or shaggy.
> Thanks again for the excellent photo.
> For all of you who missed the Annual Meeting of The Lepidopterists
> Society in Charleston SC, you missed a very good event. Watch the NEWS
> for details.
> Cheers from sunny (very unusual for us) Columbus, Ohio
> jh wrote:
> >Lepsters - The overcast and chilly weather has slowed down the butterflies
> >in my area, but the moths are still coming. This horrid thing showed up
> >last night.
> >(sorry to those caught in the cross posting)
> >John Himmelman
> >Killingworth, CT
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> > www.connecticutmoths.com
> > www.ctamphibians.com
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