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Taurus 4: The rainbow’s pot of gold

Taurus 4: The rainbow’s pot of gold

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Taurus 4: The rainbow’s pot of gold
T h e w o r d r a i n b o w i s a n o p e n c o m p ou n d , t he first half of which descends from the IndoE u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t r e g - 2 ( m o i s t ), a s d o e s t h e w o r d i r r i g a t e . 1 T h e s e c o n d h a l f d e s ce n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot b h e u g - 3 w h i c h m e a n s “ t o b e n d. ” 2 I t h a s t h r e e d i st i n ct d e f i n i t i o n s : ( 1 ) t h e f r o n t s e c t i on o f a s h i p o r b o a t ( 2 ) t o b e n
Taurus 4: The rainbow’s pot of gold
T h e w o r d r a i n b o w i s a n o p e n c o m p ou n d , t he first half of which descends from the IndoE u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t r e g - 2 ( m o i s t ), a s d o e s t h e w o r d i r r i g a t e . 1 T h e s e c o n d h a l f d e s ce n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot b h e u g - 3 w h i c h m e a n s “ t o b e n d. ” 2 I t h a s t h r e e d i st i n ct d e f i n i t i o n s : ( 1 ) t h e f r o n t s e c t i on o f a s h i p o r b o a t ( 2 ) t o b e n

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Taurus
4: The rainbow’s pot of gold
 
The word
rainbow
is an open compound, thefirst half of which
 
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
reg-2
(moist), as does theword
irrigate
.
1
The second half descends fromthe IE root 
bheug-3
 
which means “to bend.”
2
Ihas three distinct definitions: (1) the front section of a ship or boat (2) to bend or curvedownward; stoop and (3) a bent, curved, or arched object. Paronymsinclude
bagel 
,
buxom
,
bog
,
bail 
(an arch or hoop), and
bee
(a metal ringor bracelet).The word
po
descends from the Old English
pott 
while
gold
descendsfrom
ghel-2
 
which means “to shine.”
3
Paronyms of the latter include theprefix
chloro-
,
cholera
,
glad 
,
glass
,
glare
,
glance
,
gleem
,
glee
,
glimmer 
,
  gloat 
,
yellow 
, and
Hare Krishna
.
THEMES: 
Two of the four keywords--and at least two of theirparonyms
have a one or more homonyms. The keyword
rain
has ahomonym,
reign
, which means the “
exercise of sovereign power, as by a
monarch.”
It descends from the root 
reg-1
 
which means “to lead in astraight line; to direct in a straight line, lead, rule.
4
 The keyword
bow
 
has ‘beau’ as a homonym, a word which means “
the
boyfriend of a woman or girl.” It descen
ds from the root 
deu-2
which
means “to do, perform, show, revere.”
5
 Among the paronyms of 
bow
are the words
bail 
and
bee
. The former
has several homonyms. The meaning intended above is
the arched
hooplike handle of a container, such as a pail.” Other de
finitions are (1)
“security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 70
 
2
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 12
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 29
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 7
 
5
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 17
 

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