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Caballo and Chivalry

The Spanish for “horse” caballo, comes from the Latin for the same. From that Latin root, we get a bunch of English words including:

  • Cavalry — Cavalry, after all, is just a group of knights on horses!
  • Chivalry — Yes, from the same root as “horse” we get the word for the behavior of a gentleman! The “knight in shining armor” is the cross-roads between the fighter turning into a gentleman.

All of these share the same c-v-l root (which turns into c-b-l in Spanish).

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