Category: Etymology

Etymology, Spanish, Árbol

Forest of Beech Trees, Klimt   Etymology From Old Spanish arbol, arbor, from Latin arbor, arborem (compare Catalan arbre, French arbre, Galician árbore, Italian albero, Portuguese árvore, Romanian arbore, Sicilian àrbulu), from Old Latin arbōs, arbōsis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erdʰ- (“high, to grow”). Pronunciation: IPA: /ˈaɾbol/, [ˈaɾ.β̞ol]

Etymology, English, Pirate

Blackbeard, Hulton Archive/Getty Images   Etymology From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratḗs), from πεῖρα (peîra, “trial, attempt, plot”). Pronunciation IPA(key): /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹɪt/, /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹət/

Etymology, English, Cash

Etymology 1 From Anglo-Norman Old French casse (“money box”), from Latin capsa (“box, case”), ultimately from capiō (“I take, I seize, I receive”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to grasp”). Doublet of case. Etymology 2 From Tamil* காசு (kācu) *a Dravidian language natively spoken by the Tamil people of South Asia. Tamil is the official…

Plants, Corn

Etymology.  From Middle English corn, from Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (“grain; worn-down”), from *ǵerh₂- (“grow old, mature”). Cognate with Dutch koren, German Low German Koorn, German Korn, Norwegian Bokmål korn, Norwegian Nynorsk korn and Swedish korn; see, Russian зерно́ (zernó), Czech zrno, Latin grānum, Lithuanian žirnis and English grain. In a sense ‘maize’ is a shortening from earlier Indian corn 12000 –…