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RE: meaning of scientific names
Raphus cucullatus Linnaeus, 1758 (dodo) "Raphus" comes from a vulgar term
for "rump." The dodo's common name and former scientific name (Didus ineptus
L.) are also perjorative. However, study of fossils show that wild dodos
were sleeker and active; their modern image came from overfed obese captive
specimens and/or overstuffed specimens.
Didn't have time to look for cucullatus, but I'm guessing most online
latin/english dictionaries might be able to offer a source word.
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