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Mark from Charlevoix asked about the word anthology. Originally, it was a collection of short but exquisite poems. The conceit was that they were a collection of flowers [ ????? /anthos, flower, + - ????? /logia, collection]. Later, the word was extended to include other genres. The same Greek combining form was used to create a number of words. anthocephalus: having a flower-like head.
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Telling Time by Flowers

Academics / History : Wonders and Marvels (5 years ago)

By Mary Novik Recently, when I was reading from my novel Conceit, an experienced gardener asked whether the flower clock, used by Ann More to tell time, would actually work. In Conceit, it’s summer 1599, Ann is living in York House ... Read Post

Word of the Day: 'Florilegium'

Academics / Philosophy : Maverick Philosopher (2 months ago)

You have already guessed that it has something to do with flowers. By its etymology, a gathering of flowers, literary flowers. A florilegium, then, is an anthology, compendium, collection, miscellany, album of excerpts and extracts ... Read Post

Flower Power: Developer Proposes Rebuilding the Flower Mart Underground

Business & Finance / Real Estate : Curbed SF (4 days ago)

Rendering of the proposed Flower Mart retail The San Francisco Flower Mart will head underground - literally - if a new proposal from developer Kilroy Realty comes to fruition. The battle over the 58-year-old Flower Mart has been go... Read Post

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