Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fact of the Day: Ivory Elephant

The English word elephant is ultimately derived (though it went through Old French and Latin) from the Greek word elephas which meant "ivory". 

9 comments:

  1. Appropriate, I'm suppose, but you'd think the Greek might have chosen an even more obvious characteristic, like "nose".

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  2. Elephants are considered really lucky in feng shui. Always been fond of them:)

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  3. It's so sad that so many of them have been killed for their ivory. They are such beautiful creatures.

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  4. Ivory has been sought after for centuries much to the detriment of these noble beasts. I hope, one day, it will stop

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  5. Makes sense, but awful they get killed for it.

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  6. So, the English and the Greek were more interested in the value of the ivory tusks rather than the beauty of the animal. Hmpfh.

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