Diacronia 14, December 12, 2021, art. A194 (p. 1–6)

The PhytoLex plant name database: results and perspectives

Valeria B. Kolosova1,, Kira I. Kovalenko1 2,, Georgy A. Molkov1,


1Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Tuchkov pereulok 9, 199053 Saint Petersburg, Russia
2European University at Saint Petersburg, Gagarinskaya st. 6/1A, 191187 Saint Petersburg, Russia


Received September 17, 2021
Accepted October 7, 2021
Published December 12, 2021

Key words

historical lexicology
historical semantics
old literature
religious literature


Russian plant names are a semantic group poorly represented in historical dictionaries. During the project “Russian phytonyms in diachronic aspect (11th–17th c.)” (2017–2020), the PhytoLex database was created, which contains plant names recorded in Russian texts of the 11th–17th centuries. The population of the database was accompanied by research work devoted to various issues relating to the representation of plant names in the Russian language in general, and in particular in relation to some specific genres: herbals, documents of the Apothecary Chancery, business documents, church literature and lexicons. Some earlier unknown plant names were identified. These database materials will be the basis for the dictionary of Old Russian plant names, draft word entries for which have been compiled. Technical solutions will be used during the creation of a further database representing plant names recorded in later periods of the Russian language.


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    Text:1, V. B. K., 2, K. I. K. <. & 1, G. A. M. (2021). The PhytoLex plant name database: results and perspectives, Diacronia 14 (December 12), A194 (1–6),
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{b. kolosova 12021,
     author = {Valeria B. Kolosova 1, Kira I. Kovalenko 1 2, Georgy A. Molkov 1},
     title = {The PhytoLex plant name database: results and perspectives},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2021},
     month = {December},
     number = {14},
     eid = {A194},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–6)",
     url = {}


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