For an answer on the RPG Stack, I’m trying to read some entries in Medicinisch-Chymisch und Alchemistisches Oraculum, a 1755 German work whose entries are in Latin. I’m stuck on these two entries:
My first thought here was “Latin word order doesn’t matter,” so no matter what “ſ.” means, this is the same four words and mean the same thing. Then someone pointed out that “ſ.” might be short for sine, in which case it would matter. I can’t for the life of me find any examples of “ſine,” much less abbreviated to “ſ.,” but it seems plausible. This is backed up by other entries of “Aurum, sol,” and “Sol, ſ. aurum,” where the expected symbol for both gold and the Sun (enshrined in Unicode as
U+2609 ☉) is found (among others) under “Aurum, sol,” and “Sol, ſ. aurum” has more unusual symbols (that I guess refer only to the Sun and not to gold).
So is “ſ.” understood here to mean “sine”?