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Re: Early tetrapod Pederpes in new Nature issue
In a message dated 7/3/02 2:08:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Etymology. Pederpes, Peder after Peder Aspen, its
discoverer (Peder is the Norwegian form of Peter, which is
Greek for rock), and erpes (Greek for crawler)
*herpes*, actually, but the /h/ disappears after a voiced consonant.
that is, 'rock crawler' (Pederpes can also be split into Peder
and pes (foot), that is, 'rock foot').
Indeed, it's a triple pun, since it can also be split up into *ped-* (Latin for 'foot') and *herpes* (Greek for 'crawler'), to get 'foot crawler'.