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03:47 Mar 9, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical: Pharmaceuticals
French term or phrase: presle
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nahorsetailFuad Yahya
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nahorsetailAlbert Golub



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different species marsh/water/wood/common horsetail
des marais,des bois, des champs etc
hope it helps

Albert Golub
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just a comment

Your two queries, "presle" and "prêle", are the same word, with the exception that the first one is most likely an older form. The circumflex tends to indicate, etymologically speaking, that there was once an "s" that followed the vowel(you can see this by comparing English words that have retained the "s" with French ones that have the circumflex, like hospital/hôpital and beast/bête, for example.

Just thought this might be useful information for the future, in case you run across a similar situation sometime!

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The correct French term is "prêle."

The older form "presle" survives in the family name "Presle," which is common enough.

Horsetail, also called "equisetum," is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "any of various nonflowering plants of the genus Equisetum, having a jointed, hollow stem and narrow, sometimes much reduced leaves."


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