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Re: Croc etymology
From: "R. Irmis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Right on Tracy! Thanks for the info. Using my limited French skills and
> http://babelfish.altavista.com, I come up with this translation:
> "the generic name comes from the word Mek, which in the Lifou language is
> the name for "large earth" [relating to the name for the island?], and of
> the greek for "crocodile." The specific name makes allusion to the
> unexpected character of the presence of a crocodylian in New Caledonia."
> If anyone who is a bit more fluent in French would like to refine this
> translation, feel free.
Just replace "character" by "nature" in the text and the translation is
Friendly - Luc J. "Aspidel" BAILLY.