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I get it
If I was to name a dinosaur or a chicken or something, even if part of
the name was in Hottentot, or Eskimo, or Phoenician, there would
always be part of the name in greek OR latin, so we could say "New
Jersey's stinky lizard" or "the very big lizard from Schenectady", the
part that describes it would be the part that tells you whether the
grammar would be male or female or other.
I was wise to quit trying to learn Latin at the age of 7.
Latin and Greek have silly (read not-like-my-native-tongue) rules.
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Subject: Re: ICZN
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Date: 9/28/95 3:49 PM
In a message dated 95-09-28 15:03:22 EDT, Stang1996@aol.com writes:
>_Paravertibra_, I would guess _Minmi_ is feminine.
It's _paravertebra_, and its gender doesn't bear on the gender of the generic
name, because it is a noun in apposition to the generic name. As in _Edmarka
rex_: _Edmarka_ is feminine, but _rex_ is masculine. So you can't infer the
gender of the generic name from the specific epithet in this instance--just
when the specific epithet is adjectival. As far as I know, a gender for
_Minmi_ hasn't yet been specified.