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Irritat(or)idae



On 30 Jan. 1996 (DINOSAUR Digest 859) Stan Friesen
<swf@elsegundoca.attgis.com> said:

        Now, if _Irritator_ is a Latin word (which is not clear)
        then it is an r-stem, so the stem is just "irritator"...

There is indeed a Latin word "irritator" (stem "irritator-",
nominative plural "irritatores"), meaning "an instigator" or
"a prompter" according to the Oxford Latin Dictionary, which
cites Seneca as using the word.  It is derived from the verb
"irrito, irritare, irritaui, irritatum" meaning "to move to
anger, provoke, vex, annoy, excite to some action or feeling,
stimulate, aggravate," etc., also "to irritate" as a medical term.
It could also be spelled inr- but the OLD lists it under irr-.

        George Pesely
        Department of History
        Austin Peay State University
        Clarksville, TN 37044          peselyg@lynx.apsu.edu