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From Jeremy Boynes <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Official Name for "Geronimo" Project
Date Wed, 03 Dec 2003 06:37:47 GMT
Ted Leung wrote:

> On 12/1/03 10:00 AM, David Jencks wrote:
>> Not to mention Xerces (definitely a person) and Alexandria (city in 
>> Egypt), Merlin (religious and possibly a person's name), Pluto 
>> (religious and possibly a geographical place, depending on whether you 
>> think planets have geography), and possibly Avalon (possibly a 
>> geographical name for the British Isles AFAIK)
> Xerces is a butterfly.  It is not a misspelling of Xerxes (the person)

According to

"The French entomologist Boisduval named the butterfly for King Xerxes, 
but retained the French spelling, Xerces."

[ runs quickly away to put another coat of paint on the bikeshed ]


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