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Re: Compsognathus prima
At 03:52 PM 3/5/97 -0600, PESELYG@APSU01.APSU.EDU wrote:
>Some time ago Tom Holtz questioned whether _Compsognathus prima_
>was correct or whether _prima_ should be _primus_. The generic
>name is a Latinized coinage from two Greek roots, _kompsos_/
>_kompse:_/_kompson_, an adjective meaning "nice," "refined,"
>"elegant," "dainty," etc., and _gnathos_, a feminine noun meaning
>"jaw." I don't know if there is any general rule that a compound
>noun takes the gender of the final element, or if the coiner of the
>name indicated which gender this word should have,
The second described species of _C. is _C corallestris_, which has a
masculine/neuter adjective. The type species involves a noun in
apposition, so it is indeterminate as to gender.
This seems to at least suggest a masculine gender for _C_.
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