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Re: Italian etymological question

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, August 31, 2000, 17:23
On Tue, 29 Aug 2000, Jonathan Chang wrote:

> Italian for "sloth" (the Amazonian animal) is _bradipo_ (correct?) > I was just curious what is the etymology of this word?
I'm not sure which word you are asking about, but most words for the sloth are derived from "slow", including "slowth" > "sloth". "Brady-" is a Greek combining form for "slow". -- John Cowan "[O]n the whole I'd rather make love than shoot guns [...]" --Eric Raymond