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2008-07-28 06:00:45

By GARETH EDWARDS YOU could say he is the florist of Arabia. An Edinburgh botanist has just been honoured by the Saudi government for decades of conservation work in the country. Tony Miller, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's specialist on the flora of Arabia, was presented with a honorary plaque from Prince Bander Bin Saud Bin Mohammad, on behalf of the country's National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD). The ornate centrepiece is a model of the head...


Word of the Day
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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