Origin of "Juglans" (Latin word and Linnaean name for walnut)

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Origin of "Juglans" (Latin word and Linnaean name for walnut)

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:00 pm

Books tend to say that "Juglans" (Latin word and Linnaeus's genus name for walnut) came from Latin "Jovis glans" = "Jupiter's nut". It seems more likely to me that the reason is this: A completely intact walnut kernel when still inside its shell is made of two parts joined by a narrow neck. Someone saw a fancied resemblance of this to two horses or oxen joined by a yoke (Latin "jugum"). So "Juglans" likely originally meant "the yoke nut" and not "the Roman god Jupiter's nut".

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