from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a sucker; a shoot arising from an underground base: applied by Linnæus especially to the leafy upright stems of mosses.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Tandem fit surculus arbor: the twig which Mr. Motley in his earlier volumes has described as slowly putting forth its leaves and rootless, while painfully struggling for existence in a hostile soil, has at last grown into a mighty tree of liberty, drawing sustenance from all lands, and protecting all civilized peoples with its pleasant shade.
At length the twig was becoming the tree -- 'tandem fit surculus arbor' -- according to the device assumed by the son of William the Silent after his father's death.
His motto, "Tandem fit surculus arbor," "the twig shall yet become a tree" -- was to be nobly justified by his career.