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Re: : Butterflies

From:João Ricardo de Mendonça <somnicorvus@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 2:19
On 11/3/05, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> The Spanish is mariposa. Etymology? Is the Portuguese similar?
In Portuguese, mariposa means "moth". The word for "butterfly" is borboleta. I don't know the etymology, but I can check it at the library later. Perhaps the original natlang list should be enhanced to include the moth as well, since it seems some languages make no distiction between butterflies and moths, or derive one word from the other. Besides the Portuguese/Spanish example above, what caught my eyes was Czech mot'l and Polish motyl. Could they be related to English moth, or is it just a coincidence? João Ricardo de Mendonça


R A Brown <ray@...>
João Ricardo de Mendonça <somnicorvus@...>
B. Garcia <madyaas@...>