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Aries 9: A crystal gazer

Aries 9: A crystal gazer

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Aries 9: A crystal gazer
The word c r yst a l descends from the Indo-

E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o ot k r eus - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o b e g i n t o f r e e z e , f o r m a c r u s t . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l ude

c ro u t o n , e n c ru s t.

c ru s t ,

c ru s t a c e a n ,

c rys t a l l i ne ,

and

The word gaze does not have an Indo-European r o o t , h o w e v e r . T he O n l i n e Et ym o l ogy D i c t i o n a ry suggests a Scandinavian origin and suggests that t h e w o r
Aries 9: A crystal gazer
The word c r yst a l descends from the Indo-

E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o ot k r eus - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o b e g i n t o f r e e z e , f o r m a c r u s t . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l ude

c ro u t o n , e n c ru s t.

c ru s t ,

c ru s t a c e a n ,

c rys t a l l i ne ,

and

The word gaze does not have an Indo-European r o o t , h o w e v e r . T he O n l i n e Et ym o l ogy D i c t i o n a ry suggests a Scandinavian origin and suggests that t h e w o r

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Aries 9: A crystal gazer
The word
crystal
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
kreus-
 
which means “to beginto freeze, form a crust.”
1
Its paronyms include
crouton 
,
crust 
,
crustacean 
,
crystalline 
, and
encrust.
 The word
gaze
does not have an Indo-Europeanroot, however. The
Online Etymology Dictionary 
 suggests a Scandinavian origin and suggests that 
the word is “related somehow” to the Old Norse
ga
meaning “to heed.”
2
Interestingly, neither
heed 
norits synonym
look 
descends from an Indo-Europeanroot. There is one other synonym that does, however
stare. It descendsfrom the IE root 
ster-1
 
which means “stiff” and from which descend
starch 
,
stark 
,
startle 
,
starve 
,
sterigma 
,
stern 
,
strut 
,
torpedo 
,
cholesterol 
,
 torpid 
, and
torpor.
3
 
THEMES:
One shared theme concerns
FOOD
and
DIET
. Recall that theparonyms of 
crystal
include both
crouton 
(a small crisp piece of toastedor fried bread) and
crust 
(the hard outer portion or surface area of bread; a pastry shell, as of a pie or tart). Paronyms of 
stare
includestarches (foods having a high content of starch, as rice, breads, andpotatoes) and
cholesterol 
(a white crystalline substance found in animaltissues and various foods and precursor to steroid hormones).A second and related theme concerns
CRYSTAL
. There is, of course,the keyword
crystal
and there is
cholesterol 
, a paronym of 
stare
which isa
white crystalline substance.
 One shared theme concerns
RIGOR
. Recall that the word
crust 
is oneof the paronyms of 
crystal
. Among its definitions are
the hard outer
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 44
 
2
 
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gaze
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 86
 

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