[aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON
- Subject: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON
- From: "Planter Rik" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:52:18 -0500
Well, I've lost the earlier comments now, but here's the gist:
A post noted that "aroid" derived from the Latin word "arum," which means
Either the same post or a response said that "arum" derived from the Ancient
Greek "aron" (which is where etymological comments end in most
Another post reasonably asked for the meaning of the Ancient Greek, "aron."
Now, this is me:
From what I find, the Latin "arum" was more specifically applied to one
plant, the wake robin (Trillium erectum), the Ancient Greek word for which
was "aron." Later, the Latin "arum" was generalized to include all lilies.
Aroid, therefore, etymologically, means lily-like: "ar[um]" (lily) plus the
suffix "-oid," which means "like or resembling."
There's my best effort. Oh, the thrill and inescapable lure of pedantry.
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