“Do coquo chamado, scilicet, do coquo comum”: Garcia de Orta em diálogo com a ciência

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The scientific work of Garcia de Orta, the Colóquios dos simples e drogas da Índia, was reflected in contemporary and later treatises like the Tractado de las drogas y medicinas de las Indias, of Cristóvão da Costa, or the Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, of Hendrik Van Rheede. Taking into account the scientific dialogue between these and other works of materia medica, we will analyze, from the description of the
common coconut (cocos nucifera L.), the intertextual aspects that denote the scientific knowledge about this nutriment throughout the seventeenth century.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages16
JournalLimite: Revista de Estudios Portugueses y de la Lusofonía
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Materia medica
  • Cocos nucifera L.
  • Garcia de Orta
  • Seventeenth Century
  • European scientific knowledge

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