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Re : [Lambengolmor] Re: _Ingwe_: A Possible Quenya Word for "Insect"?

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  • Edouard Kloczko
    ... No, not the French, who are quite unaware that chenille is etymologically related to dog, chien in French. It is the Romans of the IV century or so who
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      >French uses a canine
      > metaphor instead, _chenille_ 'caterpillar' deriving from Latin
      > _canicula_ 'little dog', dim. of _canis_ 'dog'.

      No, not the French, who are quite unaware that "chenille" is etymologically
      related to dog, chien in French. It is the Romans of the IV century or so
      who thought that the _head_ of a caterpillar looked like a *bitch*. Anyway,
      *canicula "young bitch" is unattested, it is Vulgar Latin.

      Edouard Kloczko
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