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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.
On Tuesday, April 13, 1999 8:47 AM, email@example.com
> 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"
> DARREN NAISH