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You will probably think I'm kidding.  In fact, I hope I've made a mistake. 
 However, assuming the roots are Latin, the closest I can come is "asshole". 
 That is, its a combination of two similar Latin words (clunis, culus), both of 
which refer to the human posterior.  This sort of redundancy is a pretty common 
way of expressing emphasis in IE languages, e.g. "super-duper," "mishmash." 
 Thus, not just "butt," but "asshole."  If correct, how did this get by the 
ICZN?  Possibly could be construed as a Greek diminutive of some kind attached 
to a geographical reference (Cluny?), but I'm just guessing on this.

  --Toby White

On Tuesday, April 13, 1999 8:47 AM, darren.naish@port.ac.uk 
[SMTP:darren.naish@port.ac.uk] wrote:
> Does anyone know the meaning of 'cluniculus'.. as in _Ornithodesmus
> cluniculus_? I'm stumped on this one.
> "Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly"