AMELOTTE, DENIS, a French ecclesiastic and author, was born at Saintes in Saintonge in 1606, and died October 7, 1678. Soon after receiving priest's orders he became a member of the congregation of the oratory of St Philip Neri. In 1643 he published a Life of Charles de Goudren, second superior of the congregation, which by
some of its remarks on the famous abbot of St Cyran, gave great offence to the Port Royalists. Another work, containing a vehement attack on the doctrines of the Jansenists, still further embittered the feelings of the party towards him, and elicited from Nicole a severely satirical reply entitled _Mee Generale de l'Esprit et du Livre du P. Amelotte. Amelotte in revenge availed himself of his
influence with the chancellor to prevent the publication of the newly - completed Port Royalist translation of the New Testament, which had therefore to be issued at lions in Flanders. He thus secured a free field for a translation of his own with annotations, which appeared in 4 vols. octavo in 1666-8. The dedication to the archbishop of Paris contained another abusive denunciation of the
AMENTIFER/E, or AMENTACEJE. Under this name are included apetalous unisexual plants bearing their flowers in catkins (amenta). This group of plants includes trees and shrubs chiefly of temperate climates. It is divided into the following orders : - Salieacece, willows and poplars ; Corylacece or Cupediferoe, hazel, oak, beech,
chestnut, hornbeam, &c.; Betulacece, birch, alder; Casuarinacece, Casuarina (beefwood); Altingiacece or Balsamifluce, liquidambar ; Platanacece, the plane ; Juglandacece, walnut ; Garryacew Garrya ; Hyricacece, bog myrtle.
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