These features fairly enough suit the Mitra filosa, generally, and with reason, supposed to be the V. filaris of the 'mantissa.'
Linnæus, however, says that his plant came from India (mantissa, p. 273).
Linnæus has described this plant minutely in his mantissa Plant, so that no doubt remains of its being his maritimus.
The integral part of a logarithm is called the index or characteristic, and the fractional part the mantissa.
mantissa Plantarum, generum editionis sextæ et specierum editionis secundæ.
Linnæus originally confounded it with a similar plant, the Draba alpina, a mistake since rectified in his mantissa Plant.
The nearest approach to this species seems the variety B. of the Murex succinctus (the shell so named in the 'mantissa').
decimal part of a logarithm, 1865, from Latin mantisa "a worthless addition, makeweight," perhaps a Gaulish word introduced into Latin via Etruscan (cf. Old Irish meit, Welsh maint "size").
The part of a logarithm to the base ten that is to the right of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, .749 is the mantissa. Compare characteristic.