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Etymology of month, moon, menses, meniscus

Posted by Johannes on 1 February 2010

Origin of month, moon, menses, meniscus.
The words moon and month come from the the latin mensis (month), which derives from the Greek Aeolic form meis/mens (μείς/μηνς) of men/mene (μήν/μήνη; month, moon).
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From the same root:

English: moon, moon- (-beam, -light, …, – strike), moony, month, menses, menstrual, menstruation, menstruate, menstruous, menopause, meniscus (deminutive of mene: small moon during the first quarter).

French: mois, mensuel

Italian: mese, mensile

Spanish: mes, mensual,

German: Monat, monatlich
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In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
a) menas: month [μήνας]

b) emmena: menses, period [έμμηνα]

c) emmenopause: menopause [εμμηνόπαυση]

d) emmenorrhoea: menstruation [εμμηνόρροια]

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Οι λέξεις moon (σελήνη) και month (μήνας) προέρχονται από το λατινικό mensis (μήνας), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από την Αιολική μορφή μείς/μηνς του μήν/μήνη (μήνας, σελήνη).

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2 Responses to “Etymology of month, moon, menses, meniscus”

  1. […] Muitas mulheres experimentam também grandes variações durante seu ciclo menstrual (alias, etimologicamente, menstruação e lua são vocábulos relacionados entre si). . O ciclo lunar de 29.5 dias quase […]

  2. AeroDoe said

    Well done! And many thanks. 💫🌟💫
    Meniscus also refers to the half-moon shape of the surface of liquids in a cylinder (water bows up; mercury is a depression). And two fibrocartilages in the knee (medial and lateral) which also have a sort of half-moon shape.

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