Leo 07: The constellations in the sky.

T h e b a se o f t he w or d c o nst el l at i on d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I E r o o t s t e r-2 w h i c h m e a n s “ t o sp r e a d . ” 1 A m o n g i t s o t h e r d e r i v a t i v e s a r e c o n s t ru c t,

de s t ro y, di sa s te r, in du s t ry, in s t ru c t, o b s t ru c t, p ro s t ra te, s ta r, st e l la r, st ra in , s t ra t u s, s t ra w, st ray, s t ree t, s t re w, a n d s t ru c t u re .
T h e w o r d s ky i s a d e r i v a t i v e o f t he root s keu which means “to c o ve r , c o n c e a l. ” 2 C o m m o n d e r i v a t i v e s i n c l ud e

c u s t o dy, s ki m .

c u t i c le ,

h i de ,

h o a rd,

ho s e,

h u ddl e , h u t , o b s c ure , re c o i l, s c u m , a n d
THEMES: R e ca l l t h a t t h e k e y w o r d s ky d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot s k eu w h i c h m e a n s “ t o co v e r , c o n ce a l. ” T he w o r d c o n c e a l m e a n s “ t o k e e p f r o m b e i n g s e e n , f o u n d, o b s e r v e d , o r d i s cov e r e d ; h i d e ” 3 w h i l e c o v e r i s d e f i n e d a s “ t o o v e r l a y o r s p r e a d w i t h s o m e t hi n g ” a n d “ t o s p r e a d o v e r t h e s u r f a c e o f . ” 4 T h e k e y w o r d co nst e ll at i o n d e s ce n d s f r o m a r o o t t h a t m e a n s “ t o s p r e a d” , a s i n d i c a t e d a b o v e . A m o n g t h e d e f i n i t i o n s o f s p r e a d i s “ t o c a u se to become w i d e ly seen or known.” T h e r e ’s a very i n t e r e st i n g r e l a t i on s h i p s h e re : s k eu - me a n s b ot h t o c o v e r a n d t o c on c e a l. C o v e r ca n m e a n k e e p i n g s om e t h i n g f r o m b e i n g s e e n o r o b s e rv e d : t h a t i s t he o p p o si t e o f t he me a n i n g o f t he r o o t s t e r - 2 , t o sp r e a d, w h i c h m e a n s t o b e c o m e w i d e l y s e e n o r k n o w n . O n t h e o t h e r h a n d , c o n ce a l c a n m e a n t o o v e r l a y o r sp r e a d w i t h s o m e t h i n g a n d t h u s i t ha s a si m i l a r m e a n i n g t o t h e r o o t st e r- 2 . A co r e t h e m e h e r e i s t h e p h r a se COVE RI NG TH E SP READ .

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Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo -European Roots, p. 86 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 78 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/conceal http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/cover Starling Hunter © 2011 1

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