The xenica has the same name of a fish the "Adinia Xenica" known also as Diamond killifish and is colored as aple grey and is very very small and have a concave dorsal profile from tip of snout to front of dorsal fin. Do you think it would be some connection? I forgot is also the name of a butterfly,("Ringed Xenica"! orange and black.
- Interesting. I just ran a search for Xenica on Google, in the hopes of finding info about it, and the only animal results were the two already mentioned here (and another butterfly; the Common Xenica"). Wikipedia only listed the fish under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundulidae . However, I don't know if any of these breeds had been classified by 1805. One thing that I found interesting was that the Xenica butterflies had similar colouring to that of the butterflies I suggested for the Chequered Nettle; a Heavyweight. Since all the Heavyweights of the British Isles were achieved through cross-breeding, the Xenica could be a parent breed.
- Apart from that, I found nothing regarding what Xenica means. Perhaps it's a corruption of Xenia?Or maybe it's just a fancy word. Almaron 16:18, 30 August 2010 (PDT)
- A lot of NN's individual dragon names are kinda sideways Latin, where an existing word has been slightly warped out of shape to make it look more obviously male or female. So some likely sources of "Xenica" might be a feminized version of *xenicus or a feminized/pluralized *xenicum.
- There are a few references to a poison called "xenicum", used by the ancient Celts/Gaels of Scotland; I don't know where that name came from.
- The "Xenicus" genus of New Zealand wrens wasn't named until 1855, but the word is a neo-Latinate derivation of the Greek xenikos, an adjectival form of xenos ("stranger"): "foreign, exotic" etc.
- The Google Books has the index from a history of 7th-century Italy, in which the word "xenicum" is tentatively glossed as "fund for pay of foreign mercenaries".
- --Wombat1138 17:09, 30 August 2010 (PDT)
- Xenica could be a breed acheived during the attempts to breed a Longwing, it would make sense that they'd try pairing women with them once it worked for a similar breed. Almaron 17:52, 30 August 2010 (PDT)