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Capricorn 11: A large group of pheasants

Capricorn 11: A large group of pheasants

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Capricorn 11: A large group of pheasants
T h e w o r d l a rg e d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e L a t i n l a rgu s me a n i n g “ g e n e r o u s . ” 1 O n e o f i t s d e fi n i t i o n s i n t h e A me ri c a n

H e ri ta ge D i ct i on a ry o f t h e E n gl i s h L a n gu a ge ( A H DE L ) i s “ o f g r e a t e r t h a n
a v e r a g e s c op e , b re a d t h , o r ca p a c i t y ; comprehensive.” T h e w o r d g r oup d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t g (e )
Capricorn 11: A large group of pheasants
T h e w o r d l a rg e d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e L a t i n l a rgu s me a n i n g “ g e n e r o u s . ” 1 O n e o f i t s d e fi n i t i o n s i n t h e A me ri c a n

H e ri ta ge D i ct i on a ry o f t h e E n gl i s h L a n gu a ge ( A H DE L ) i s “ o f g r e a t e r t h a n
a v e r a g e s c op e , b re a d t h , o r ca p a c i t y ; comprehensive.” T h e w o r d g r oup d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t g (e )

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Capricorn 11: A large group of pheasants
The word
large
descends from theLatin
largus 
 
meaning “generous.”
1
Oneof its definitions in the
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 
 
(AHDEL) is “o
f greater thanaverage scope, breadth, or capacity;
comprehensive.”
 
The word
group
descends from theIndo-European (IE) root 
g(e)r-2
 
which means “curving, crooked.”
2
Itsparonyms include
 grape, grapnel, grapple, crummie, crumpet, crumble,crimp, cramp, cripple, creep, cringle, crinkle, creek, crook, crochet,croquet, crochet, crocket, crotch, crouch, encroach, crutch, carp, cruller,curl, lacrosse, and croup, croupier, cropper, crop, cruse, crèche, cradle,cart, croft 
, and
encroach 
.The word
pheasant
descends from the Anglo-French
fesaunt 
, the OldFrench
faisan 
, the Latin
 phasianus 
, and ultimately from the Greek 
 phasainos 
 
which meant “a pheasant’ and literally “a Phasian bird.”
Phasian is the adjectival form of the
Phasis 
,
a river flowing into theBlack Sea in Colchis, where the birds were said to have been numerous.
 3
As a common noun, the word
 phasis 
 
is “a phase, aspect, way, stage.”
4
 The words
 phasis 
and
 phase 
descend from the IE root 
bha-1
which means
“to shine” and from which also descend the words
beacon, beckon, buoy,berry, mulberry, frambesia, bandoleer, banderole, banneret, phos-, phot, photo-, phosphorous, fantasy, pant, -phane, phantasm, phenol-, phenomenon, emphasis, epiphany, sycophant, tiffany,
and
 phantasmagoria 
.
 
1 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/large2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 273 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=pheasant4 http://www.yourdictionary.com/phasis

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