Can you help us to identify this plant and also decode the name?
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|Possible name (first word): K A ? O A R|
Step 1: Look at the Voynich plant picture above. Look also at the possible name of that plant from the same page.
Step 2: Look at some other expert suggestions, below, for what this plant might be. Some are borrowed from here.
|E Voynich||Peterson||Sherwood||Velinska||Biologist - Finland|
|Geranium||Parietaria (O'Neill)||Mallow (Malva sylvestris)||Mallow (Malva sylvestris) - id by Edith Sherwood||Potentilla argentea, Geranium, Malva or Althaea officinalis|
Step 3: If you have any good suggestions for the plant, please post a comment below. Give the Latin genus and species name if you can.
Step 4: Can you suggest a name in any language which might resemble the Voynich word? If so, post a comment below.
In particular can you suggest a name from any language which might fit the Voynich text?
NOTE: In my view this could be the plant Malva or Althaea officinalis, in line with what the Finnish biologist and also Sherwood determined (see above)
This plant, called in English Marsh Mallow, and the original source for the marshmallow flavouring, is known in India as Gul-Khair (see Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary By C.P. Khare) and Gul simply means red. In my view ‘Khair’ probably derives from the Persian – see Steingass’ dictionary:
خیرو ḵẖīrū, Ox-eye; mallow-flower.
(By comparison. the normal Arabic term for this plant is roughly ‘Khitmi’, and Hebrew is ‘Halmi’.)
This would seem to fit well with the Voynich script as I analyse it – the word would then be read: K A ? O A R, the unidentified symbol possibly being a vowel of some sort.
I aim to research this more fully, but any other suggestions or comments in the meantime?
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