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Nephilengys borbonica
2009-06-17 13:15:28

Nephilengys borbonica is a species of spider native to Madagascar and nearby islands (the Mascarene Islands, Comoro Islands and the Seychelles). In Madagascar, this species is commonly found in houses and buildings. In Réunion, it can be found in cloud forests up to 4,900 feet. The species name borbonica refers to the island of Réunion, which was called Bourbon until 1848. The adult...

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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