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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:52 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON
> Well, I've lost the earlier comments now, but here's the gist:
> A post noted that "aroid" derived from the Latin word "arum," which means
> Either the same post or a response said that "arum" derived from the
> Greek "aron" (which is where etymological comments end in most
> Another post reasonably asked for the meaning of the Ancient Greek,
> Now, this is me:
> From what I find, the Latin "arum" was more specifically applied to one
> plant, the wake robin (Trillium erectum), the Ancient Greek word for which
> was "aron." Later, the Latin "arum" was generalized to include all
> Aroid, therefore, etymologically, means lily-like: "ar[um]" (lily) plus
> suffix "-oid," which means "like or resembling."
> There's my best effort. Oh, the thrill and inescapable lure of pedantry.
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