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:

Kirk said...

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

Martha said...

Very fitting.

Emmylou said...

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

Mary Kirkland said...

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

Birgit said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Makes sense, but awful they get killed for it.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

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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