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In the early days of modern chemistry, some scientists tried to devise a system of symbols with which to illustrate formulas, the best-known being by John Dalton. Eventually, however, the scientific world decided that it would be a whole lot easier to just abbreviate chemical terms (H2O) instead of annoying typesetters with all sorts of esoteric symbols.
I haven't yet been able to find a complete chart of botanical symbols, nor have I actually seen them in use anywhere, but it appears that at some point in history, botanists applied planetary symbols to their own field of studies. Here's what I've been able to scrounge from symbolism books.
|double-sexed (botany); virgin (entymology)||Mercury|
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