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Etymology of corner, horn and cerebrum

Posted by Johannes on 24 October 2010


Origin of corner
The word corner comes from the Frenh corne (horn, corner), from the Latin cornu (projecting point, horn), which is related to the Greek ceras (horn) and carnon (horn).

From the same root:
English: cerebrum, cerebellum, cerebral, cornea, horn, horny
French: cor, corne, corner, cerf, cerveau
Italian: corno, cornare, cervo, cornamuza


In modern Greek:
a) ceras or cerato: horn [κέρας or κέρατο]
b) corna: (car) horn, klaxon [κόρνα]; loan word.
c) ceratoidis: cornea [κερατοειδής]




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Other modern Greek words from the same root (in Greek): κάρα, κρανίο, κράσπεδο, κριός, κορυφή, κορύνα, κορυδαλλός, κόρυμβος κλ


One Response to “Etymology of corner, horn and cerebrum”

  1. mainliner said

    Congradulations on your blog. Someone had to do it. And you did.

    You have overlooked two other Greek words related to “corner”:”corniza” and “honi”.

    Hard to know, however, which came first. A little research to clarify this for your readers would be especially useful.

    Constantinos Ragazas

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