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Is there any reason why some well-known plant names, especially tree names, are feminine, but 2nd declension? (now interested in classical, not scientific ones)

E.g.:
trees
aesculus
alnus
balanus
buxus
corylus
cerasus
cedrus
citrus
cornus
...
fāgus , i (but nom. pl. fagūs,)
...

herbs
acinos
intybus
...

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    You might find this useful latin.stackexchange.com/q/7353/39
    – Alex B.
    Sep 6 at 15:47
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    and you might learn something from latin.stackexchange.com/a/7017/39
    – Alex B.
    Sep 6 at 15:57
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    I hope someone else will answer this very interesting question. Meanwhile, a somewhat cryptic note from Weiss 2020, "In Greek and Latin, tree and plant names are regularly feminine, probably preserving an old pattern" (p. 243).
    – Alex B.
    Sep 6 at 19:02
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    Thank you for the relevant pointers.
    – Vladimir F
    Sep 6 at 19:16

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