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Etymology of caliber

Posted by Johannes on 16 November 2010

Caliber comes from the old French calibre (14c.), from the Arabic qalib “a mold, last”, which derives from the Greek calapous [Gr: καλάπους] “a shoemaker’s last” lit. “little wooden foot,” from calon “wood” + pous “foot”.


From the same root: calibrate, calibration.


In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) calapodi: a shoemaker’s last, a little wooden foot [Gr: καλαπόδι]

b) calibraro: calibrate [Gr:καλιμπράρω], loanword


Post 154.

See also: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=caliber&searchmode=none


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