Date: Mon, 16 May 1994 09:40:35 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Flower scent and dialect > >For example: I've always been interested in the host of plants whose flowers >give off a semen-like odor (gingko, barberry, etc.), and met someone here in >Arizona who calls an unidentified tree the "sex tree" because of this odor. I >think Linnaeus classified these smells as "Hircinae," i.e. goat-like in odor. >The ADS list members have such a treasure of linguistic idiosyncracy; any >botanical smell lore out there? > >Osmically Yours, >Kevin Dann >Scottsdale, AZ (where pineapple-smelling acacias now fill the air) --Gingko smells like dog mess in the hot sun, pure and simple. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]