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Cer­ca and Cir­cle, Cir­cus

The Span­ish cer­ca (“near”, as in the com­mon phrase, cer­ca de) comes from the Latin cir­cus, mean­ing ring. From that same root, we get the Eng­lish… cir­cus (which does have a cir­cu­lar ring as its defin­ing fea­ture!) as well as cir­cle (in the same shape!). The c‑r-c root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all!

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