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Almond derives from the Greek amygdala

Posted by Johannes on 17 November 2008

Etymology of almond.
Almond comes from the old french almande, from the Vulgar Latin amendla, from Latin amygdala, which is merely a transliteration of the Greek αμύγδαλα-amygdala (almonds).
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In modern Greek
a) Αμύγδαλα: almonds [amygdala]
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Η λέξη almond προέρχεται από το γαλλικό almande, από το κοινό λατινικό amendla, από την Λατινική amygdala, το οποίο αποτελεί απλώς μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού αμύγδαλα.
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αμύγδαλα –> amygdala –> amendla –> almande –> almonds
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One Response to “Almond derives from the Greek amygdala”

  1. vidadeniki said

    In the book “A History of the English Language” by Baugh & Cable (page 89 down) it mentions that the word “almond” comes from the latin “magdala” introduced at the time of the Benedictine reform. As the word was found bookish at the time it did not enter the current language but had to be reintroduced later from French.
    I am investigating the relation between the word “magdala” meaning almond and the name María de Magdala, for my filology studies. What do you think about this?

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