Eastern to Western: Latin for Toothbrush Tree
(Irvine, CA, USA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
For centuries in the Middle East they have used the branches/twigs of the Peelu Tree (Salvadora Persica) as a toothbrush. It actually works great, and I'm assuming at some point in history there were Latin-speaking folk who also used it.
My question is, how would I describe this kind of toothbrush in Latin?
Virga Dente? Virga Dentis? Something else all together?
I have never heard of such a thing in Latin, and I must admit that it was news to me even in English.
Your ideas of virga denti
or virga dentibus
may be the best thing going for a Latin translation. Notice that the dative must be used for the third declension word dens, dentis
Other words for twig include ramulus
The standard words for toothbrush in Latin are:peniculus dentarius
peniculus dentibus detergendis
So you might get away with peniculus dentarius persicus
Sorry for the uncertainty on this one! But I do hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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