Thread: samaliyae ... ?
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 10:01   #2
Björn Bergenholtz
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While revising some of the birds of Mr Charles White, I gave this scientific name a second try, simply trying, somehow, to figure out, stretching my brain to understand, the all unknown, all unexplained scientific name samaliyae ... could it possibly origin from the (Bantu) Nyungwe word msamaliya meaning Samaritan?

As in some of Mr White's local collector/s possibly being (a) good samaritan/s ... bringing him New birds? Plausibly even a female collector (considering the ending -ae) ... ?

A pure speculation, based on nothing more than a guess!

For what it's worth. If anything at all ...

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