edsel at glo.be
Tue Aug 3 22:03:18 UTC 1999
At 07:51 19/07/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Ed Selleslagh writes:
><<Actually it's 'cornu' in the nominative.>>
>-Cornu- is "horn." -Cornus- is the dogwood tree.
I'm sorry, I got confused.
><<All tree names, also those with -u stems like 'quercus' (oak) (and -o stems
>like po:pulus) are feminine.>>
>I had ever understood that all trees were feminine for essentially
>mythological reasons; they were thought to be the dwelling places of female
No problem with that.
<Could there be some relationship here? I mean
>'extremities, branches...'. That would also account for manus, acus, cornu
>tribus being feminine, but not for domus nor idus. 'Foot, pes...' are
>not viewed as extremities, but as 'base' to stand on.>>
>Now, my understanding is that the root idea of -idus- is of a division by
>halves. When the months used to be lunar, the kalends marked the first
>appearance of the slip of the new moon, and the ides were the date of the
>full moon. Perhaps this could be worked into your hypothesis as well.
Maybe, but I have no idea how. Have you?
Domus can be fitted in your 'dwelling' remark.
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