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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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