Russian English Botanical Dictionary (English and Russian Edition)
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- Amazon Sales Rank: #10113156 in Books
- Published on: 1982-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Binding: Hardcover
- 678 pages
Text: English, Russian
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Vast in scope and useful, if somewhat hard on the eyes
By Christopher Culver
As far as I know, Paul Macura's RUSSIAN-ENGLISH BOTANICAL DICTIONARY, published by Slavica in 1982, is the only contemporary reference of its kind. As Macura writes in his preface, "This dictionary contains approximately 40,000 entries, constituting the most extensive listing of Russian, English and Latin names of plants, trees, shrubs, fungi, and lichens. It also includes a large number of botanical and biological terms frequently occurring in Russian botanical literature."
I am not a botanist, but the minority languages of Russian which I study are spoken by populations still deeply attached to the natural world, and in their speech and literature the names of trees abound. I could get translations of these tree names into Russian, but it was only thanks to Macura's dictionary that I could securely determine what the English and international Latin names were.
The only downside of the book is the typesetting. Slavica set most of their publications of this era in cold type, and the result is hard on the eyes. I'd love to see a second edition of this book appear that is reset.