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This page explores the meanings of scientific names. Scientific names are written with botanical Latin, which different than the real Latin. Botanical Latin is a written rather than a spoken language. Some of the words are derived from Latin, but many are from other languages. A lot of the words have been “Latinized”.
Because Latin is a language that uses gender, a word may have three forms to agree with gender. So the word ‘alba’, which means white, has three forms ‘alba; (feminine), ‘albus’ (masculine) and ‘album’ (neuter).