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Monday 2011-06-27


I discovered recently that a fruit with the same sort of structure as, e.g., an orange is called a hesperidium.

Why that curiously beautiful word? Well, you see, Greek mythology features the golden apples of the Hesperides, and oranges look kinda like apples but are kinda-sorta golden in colour.

(The Hesperides are the nymphs of the West, the land of the evening (hesperos); presumably the similarity to the Latin equivalent Vesper is no coincidence, but I know no more.)