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Re: what's a "nomen vanum"?



On Fri, 15 Oct 1999 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> << I thought a _nomen vanum_ was a name that had no designated type material
>  (hence "empty") >>
> 
> No, that's a nomen nudum. "Naked name." Nomina nuda have often been >called< 
> nomina vana, but that doesn't >make< them nomina vana. Incidentally, nomen 
> vanum might also mean "idle name" as well as "empty name."

Well, that sounds appropriate, if the term isn't used.

I'd weed it out of my data files, but I don't know whether to make them
_nuda_ or _dubia_...

--T. Michael Keesey
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