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Abrir and Overt, Aper­ture

Abrir, Span­ish for “to open,” comes from the Latin aperire, for the same.

Less ob­vi­ous­ly, from the same Latin root we get two sim­i­lar words in Eng­lish: overt and aper­ture. Both are open­ings — and overt is a very metaphor­i­cal open­ing al­though, et­y­mo­log­i­cal­ly, a lit­er­al one!

In overt, we can see the o‑v-r map to the a‑b-r of abrir, and in aper­ture the a‑p-r map to the a‑b-r of abrir.


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