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French term or phrase:nombril
English translation:peduncle
Entered by: French Foodie
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19:53 Aug 28, 2008
French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Botany / vanilla plant
French term or phrase: nombril
From a book on vanilla. This particular part talks about pollination. The word nombril appears in italiques in the text. I have done quite a bit of searching, but have found no other references to the nombril of a vanilla plant!
TIA

La fleur s’ouvre pendant la nuit pour faner le jour même. Les marieuses fécondent les fleurs de vanilliers qui flétrissent ensuite. La fécondation n’est pas systématique. Une fleur donne une gousse, qui atteint en 6 semaines sa taille définitive. La fleur desséchée tombe et laisse à découvert le **nombril**. Féconder trop de fleurs fatigue la liane et entrave le développement de belles gousses. Il faut éliminer des fleurs, pincer l’extrémité des balais et rejeter les gousses chétives, de façon à ne garder que 12 gousses maximum.
French Foodie
Local time: 06:21
peduncle
Explanation:
Would be the correct English word. Nombril must be a reference to the "belly-button" indentation left by the calyx when it falls off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanilla_(orchid)

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Note added at 3 hrs (2008-08-28 23:06:53 GMT)
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And you can see it quite clearly in this picture, like the end of a trumpet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:VanillaFlowerLongitudinal...



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Note added at 3 hrs (2008-08-28 23:08:17 GMT)
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To be the bean or not to be the bean, that is the question... (sorry!)
Selected response from:

Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 06:21
Grading comment
Many thanks, Mark.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
peduncle


Explanation:
Would be the correct English word. Nombril must be a reference to the "belly-button" indentation left by the calyx when it falls off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanilla_(orchid)

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Note added at 3 hrs (2008-08-28 23:06:53 GMT)
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And you can see it quite clearly in this picture, like the end of a trumpet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:VanillaFlowerLongitudinal...



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Note added at 3 hrs (2008-08-28 23:08:17 GMT)
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To be the bean or not to be the bean, that is the question... (sorry!)

Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 06:21
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Many thanks, Mark.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Mark, thank you very much. I must be losing my mind, because I've read that wiki page countless times over the course of translating this book, and still didn't catch that.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxBourth: You get navel oranges, after all.
1 hr
  -> Yes, they've always reminded me of belly-buttons.
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