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Re: A question for zoonomenclaturists
Yes, it is! Re-read the article dedicated to "femur":
"Femur" stands for "thigh", "the upper part of the thigh", or "the
loins", and, figuratively, the capacity to bear children (just like the
expression "birthing hips"). This is supported by the close affinities
of Latin words related to "femur" and "femina". This link is confirmed
by the Ancient Greek root of the latter word, "φύω", which means "to
produce", hence "to give birth".
I suspect in fact that this is where originated the myth of the birth of
Dionysos... a mere play on words!
See the Lewis and Short for more details:
Le 23/09/2013 19:22, David Marjanovic a écrit :
Also, I had no idea that femur was related to fēmina...
It's not! :-) Short e and long ē have different origins. Wiktionary provides quite
different etymologies for them (here's fēmina:
"As a Professor of Science, I assure you we did in fact evolve from
filthy monkey men." Hubert J. Farnworth.