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words about weaving

October 18, 2009

Going through my daily journal from spring, 2008, I ran across a list of Latin and Greek words I’d found that related to weaving.

The word “weave” itself comes from Anglo Saxon “wefan”.

Latin: “Orsorius” is ‘of a loom’. “Stamen” is ‘warp, thread’. “Texo” and “textus” are ‘weave’; “textrix” is ‘woman weaver’. “Vieo” and “vietus” are ‘twist together, plait, weave, shrink, wrinkle’.

Greek: “Penos” and “hyphe” are ‘web’; “penitis” and “hyphantria” are ‘woman weaver’.  “Pleko” [“plecto” and “plexus” in Latin] are ‘twine, twist, weave, braid, interweave.’

I love etymology.

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