|Author:||Anon. (guest, 22.214.171.124)|
|Date:||September 2, 2004 at 10:58:02 AM|
|Reply to:||Re: Jacquina pungens - Cudjoewood by JACQUINA|
Two things cast doubt on that theory of mine:
1.This plant-name is more often (and more correctly) written 'Jacquinia'.
2.Jacquin(i)a looks a LOT like 'Jacquin', which is the name of a famous botanist (the Dutch born Austrian Baron Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727-1817), who was professor of botany and chemistry at the University of Vienna). Needless to say this is a more probable origin of the plant-name than some unknown word from a native language.
On the plus side, I'm fairly sure I now know the origin of Jacquina: it is like the French name Jacquine, which means the same as Jacqueline. The 'a' at the end is just a bit of Spanish influence.
See http://nominis.cef.fr/index.php?page=pn&x1=1025 for Jacquine
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