Mudcat Café message #3761870 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4074   Message #3761870
Posted By: Taconicus
31-Dec-15 - 01:16 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Subject: RE: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
It may be that not all mid-19th century American amateur backwoods "flower namers" were as meticulous with Latin as you are, Catamariner. Someone may have taken "aro" (basic first-person singular present form of "to plow") and "natus" (basic nominative singular perfect participle of "born/spontaneously produced") and just stuck them together. As far as we know, the word never made it into any published botanical work.

the word in the sheet music