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Why did scientists abandon Latin in their publications?

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What is "parecbolae"?

This is a word transliterated and adapted from Greek παρεκβολή (parekbolḗ), from πᾰρά (para-, "near", but here meaning "placed together") and ἐκβολή (ekbolḗ, "throwing out" but here meaning "something ...
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'Quae pars anterior quae posterior jure habeatur in toto genere non liquet': taxonomical description of Antarctissa denticulata (Ehrenberg 1844)

I would translate the boldfaced sentence as It is not clear which part would be rightfully considered the front and which part the rear in the whole genus. For creatures of that appearance, that ...
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What is the meaning of "suffragio" at the time of Calvin?

Note, in your Etymonline citation, that the word originally came into English with the meaning of "intercessory plea or prayer", rather than "vote"; that meaning wasn't established in English until ...
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'idem hercle esset' meaning?

"By Hercules!" "Indeed!" - Common in classical and post-classical Latin. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0059%3Aentry%3DHercules
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Latin words for “engineer”

Besides machinator, I found two words for engineer in classical Latin that are primarily directed towards the devising of buildings and fortifications. aedificator A builder, derived from aedes (...
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How to say "black market" in Latin?

According to the Vatican's Lexicon Recentis Latinitatis, parvum verborum novatorum Léxicum: mercato nero [Italian]     mercatūra clandestīna [Latin]
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When were trivialis and quadrivialis introduced?

I believe the cursory etymology you stated is inaccurate. Here is what my research shows: Medieval Latin meaning of trivium / trivialis In the Middle Ages, the liberal arts were divided into the ...
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Use of ß (“eszett”) in Latin text

The modern German roman-type ß was developed at the end of the 19th century as an analogue of the blackletter ß, which was a ligature of ſ and z (which is reflected in its name) that had slowly ...
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Interpretation of circumflex in a poem from 1621

*Please see addendum at the bottom I have found two possible explanations for the circumflex: (1) to indicate a long vowel and (2) to indicate an ablative. Both of these functions would seem to ...
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What does Q.B.V.D. stand for on the title page of a dissertation?

It's also – more commonly, I believe – given as Q. D. B. V. = quod Deus bene vertat, 'May God cause this to turn out well'/'May God grant this success.' This use of verto is under definition 18 in ...
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

There have already been a few answers, but I have always liked the Morgan and Silva Furman University Lexicon, so here are the terms it gives for "cafe": thermopolium, -i, n. taberna ...
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How do you say "online" and "offline" in Latin?

For “online” you could say: colligatus (from colligare) conexus (from conectere, note: long o, single n!) Thus for “offline” you could say: incolligatus inconexus Or you could go a different route ...
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Quid a "hic", "munere" significat Linnæus?

The first sentence becomes much clearer when ſ is transcribed correctly as s, not f: Homo mundi intraturus theatrum quaeritur Quis sit: Man, who is about to enter the theatre of the world, is ...
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Was "mendicus" a term for the impotent or idle poor?

Mendicus was originally just a general term to refer to the poor, but it later took on a more specific meaning, referring to beggars. According to Michel Mollat's The Poor in the Middle Ages: An ...
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Why were some medieval maps made in Latin?

Modern people often underestimate how fractured the linguistic landscape of Late Mediaeval and Early Modern Europe were. Outside of Langue d'Oïl, very few people spoke each particular language you ...
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Is Thomas Hobbes' translation of "nosce te ipsum" as "read thyself" valid?

As @Cerberus says, it's an unusual but valid translation. I think, however, it becomes clearer when one adds the beginning of the paragraph, so that it reads: There is a saying much usurped of ...
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Rupes Recta, The Straight Wall, Correct Translation

Yes, depending on the type of wall. Rūpēs, -is is a third-declension feminine noun derived from rumpō "break, split". It means a rock which is split apart or has a smooth face; I've seen it ...
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Variation in the spelling of word-final M

I'm afraid my answer is the boring one: free variation, based on the amount of space available. The tilde originally arose purely as an abbreviation: instead of writing an n or m in line with the ...
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What is the superlative of ipse?

Joonas is correct: those forms don’t belong in good classical style. Peter Stotz’s Handbuch zur lateinischen Sprache des Mittelalters mentions that Donatus explicitly forbade comparatives and ...
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Is it grammatically correct to attributively use nominative forms of nouns in New Latin?

It's valid even in Classical Latin, in fact! Generally, it's fine to put two nouns together in the nominative (or, rather, in the same case) when one of them gives the general category of a thing and ...
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Help with Latin translation from a 17th century ecclesiastical Latin book

Your translation is definitely on the right track, but there are a couple of things I want to point out: Omnis modifies generis; that is, omnis generis means "of every kind". There doesn't ...
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"Non possunt dari" translation

English actually has this same construction! Think of it as analogous to the phrase "Granted that" or "It is given that." It's used in philosophy as part of a hypothetical dialogue. In Latin, the "...
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What is the exact translation of 'solummodo'?

You can find it under the solus dictionary entry in Lewis and Short: Strengthened by modo, and joined with it in one word, sōlummŏdo (only late Lat., for the true reading, Plin. 34, 8, 19, § 92, ...
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Constructing Latin diminutives

I think abdomunculum would be the most regular diminutive of abdomen. But it seems a bit difficult to me to give a clear answer because the rules about "proper" diminutive suffixes are often based on ...
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Is filius necessarily a biological descendant?

Short answer: no. At least since Post-Classical Latin, and quite possibly from earlier. One may or may not believe the quote attributed to Julius Caesar when he calls Brutus fili mi despite the fact ...
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

I would suggest that if the Romans knew about coffee, it would most likely come via Greek, since coffee originated even further to the East in Ethiopia. The Modern Greek word for "cafe" is καφενείο, ...
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

De hac re nullam auctoritatem superiorem scio quam @NemoOudeis, qui vocabulum taberna caffearia sive in brevi taberna scribit: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40nemooudeis%20taberna
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What is an academic fellow?

The proper word for 'fellow' seems to be socius, at least according to John G. Griffith, the former Public Orator at Oxford University (1973-80) and Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Jesus College (1938-...
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