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Dr. Nicholson's “Zoology”


DR. NICHOLSON's extraordinary assertions as to the supposed word “aktin” really demand no serious discussion, which, indeed, would be out of place in NATURE. A reference to Liddell and Scott's Lexicon will conclusively demonstrate to any person interested in the matter that he is entirely wrong. The following additional blunders in Dr. Nicholson's glossary will enable your readers more fully to judge of his accuracy, and it will require considerable boldness to attempt to justify them by reference to imaginary archaic forms:—1. In several places we find Dr. Nicholson giving “poda” as the Greek for “feet,” a gross grammatical fault. 2. “Pseudos” is given as the adjective corresponding to the English word “false.” 3. “Enchuma” is said to be a Greek word meaning “tissue.” It has not this meaning. Dr. Nicholson's mistake arises from ignorance of the origin of the signification of the word “parenchyma.” 4. “Laima” is given in several places in the glossary for “throat,” in place of “laimos.”

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LANKESTER, E. Dr. Nicholson's “Zoology”. Nature 3, 86–87 (1870).

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