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Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON
  • From: "Ron Iles" roniles@eircom.net
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:22:52 +0100

Fellow Greeks

Begorrah! What a muckle about a fickle or more correctly is it a mickle
about a fuckle?  Anyhow, Ye doth my barrel noisy make & remind me more of
pheasantry than pedantry. Aroid, aron, arum, arid?  What matter in the
inflorescence of good words?   And did your hear that today too "they"
launched a satellite to see black holes that don't exist now and even when
they did were too heavy even for light to escape from.   Oh, woe me, I've
gone beyond the nuclear confines of my barrel. & an infinitive I've split.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron" <ronlene@adelphia.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON

I feel honored to have evoked such intellectual discourse on what I
supposed, was a simple question. Apparently, in order to find an answer, we
had to leave the family Araceae and venture to a foreign family, Liliaceae.
I don't think the Trillium flower bears to much resemblance to an "Aroid"
flower.  Ron    P.S. I still hope someone can give me the names of the
tubers that were sold at the Fairchild show by the Thai man.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Planter Rik" <planterrik@hotmail.com>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:52 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID <= ARUM <= ARON

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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