Synopsis

Title: A Proposal to Change the Etymology of the Scientifc Nomenclature, Sambucus

Author: Richard Stoney, p.o. box 38, 333 Ferris Ranch Road, Orleans, CA 95556, richston100@msn.com

This suggests a re-interpretation of the etymology of Sambucus, the elder tree, which is currently believed to derive from Latin and Greek words which refer to a harp, because Pliny said the harp was supposedly/perhaps made of elderwood. What this paper suggests that ultimately the origin is Sanskitic. To further the issue, this article uses 1) certain ethnobotanical characteristics associated with the elder, that is, hollowness and beneficial, medicinal properties and; 2) German words which refer to the elder and reflect those same properties found in 2 Sanskrit words.

Research methods: I stumbled upon the theory while using dictionaries and books on herbs, edibles and ethnobotany.

Key words: Bill Taylor, Bore-tree, botany, Craig Pierpont, ethnobotany, ethnobotany journal, etymology, elder, German language, Giovanni Comitti, Greek Language, harp, holderbusch, holunder, Italian language, lyre, kha, khe, Latin language, medicinal plants, Pipe-tree, plant taxonomy, Pliny the Elder, Richard Stoney, sambuca, sambuco, Sambucus, sambuke, Sanskrit, shambhu, wordplay,