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Illustration from Histoire naturelle du corail, by Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers, 1864. Coral here is suggested to "eject" its vital "milk".

‘An Account of a Manuscript Treatise, Presented to the Royal Society, Intituled, Traite du Corail, Contenant les Nouvelles Decouvertes, qu’on a Fait sur le Corail, les Pores, Madrepores, Scharras, Litophitons, Eponges, et Autres Corps et Productions, Quela Mer Fournit, pour Servir a L’histoire Naturelle de la Mer; That is to Say, A Treatise upon Coral, and Several Other Productions Furnish’d by the Sea, in Order to Illustrate the Natural History Thereof, by the Sieur de Peyssonnel, M.D. Correspondent of the Royal Acad. of Sciences of Paris, of That of Montpellier, and of That of Belles Lettres at Marseilles; Physician-Botanist, Appointed by His Most Christian Majesty in the Island of Guadalupe, and Heretofore Sent by the King to the Coasts of Barbary for Discoveries in Natural History. Extracted and translated from the French by Mr. William Watson, F.R.S.’

Title of a paper published in The Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions, 1751-52.

When did colon-separated, short and snappy titles become fashionable in academia?

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