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

Author: Richard Stoney, PO Box 38, Orleans. CA 95556, richston100@msn.com.

Author's credentials: http://richston100.tripod.com. I discovered Sanskritic wordplay in Gulliver's Travels and Beggar's Opera, among other things.

Summary: A proposal that the current interpretation of the etymology of Sambucus, the nomenclature for the elder tree, is in error and is not derived from Greek and Latin words for a harp, as suggested by Pliny the Elder. Based on ethnobotanical uses and physical characterstics of the elder, this article suggests, rather, that the word is actually made of two Sanskrit words, shambhu and kha/khe, "beneficial hollow". As further proof, this article points to two German words for the elder, both of which reflect similar, positive hollow characteristics of the elder.

Key words: beneficial hollow, elder bush, elder tree, elderwood, English language, ethnobotanical, ethnobotany, etymology, German language, Greek language, harp, holunder, holuntar, Italian language, kha, khe, Latin language, Pliny the Elder, sambuca, sambuco, Sambucus, sambuke, Sanskrit language, scientific nomenclature, shambhu, taxonomical nomenclature, taxonomy.