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Bis­abue­lo and Bi-

Bis­abue­lo (Span­ish for “great-grand­par­ent”) has an ori­gin more ob­vi­ous than it seems: the bis- that be­gins it (adding to just abue­lo, grand­fa­ther) is the same bi- that means “two” in a va­ri­ety of Latin words- bi­lat­er­al, bi­fur­cate, and many more. So, bis­abue­lo lit­er­al­ly means, “grand­fa­ther — twice over!”

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