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Cosecha and Col­lect

Cosecha (Span­ish for “har­vest”) comes from the Latin col­lec­tus, mean­ing, “col­lect­ed.”

This makes sense: a har­vest is, well, just col­lect­ed.

Al­though the Eng­lish col­lect­ed is al­most iden­ti­cal to the Latin, we can see how the Latin changed in­to the Span­ish: the ‑ll- turned in­to an ‑s-, in a cu­ri­ous change. But — as is more com­mon — the ‑ct- be­came a ‑ch- (think noc­tur­nal/noche or oc­ta­gon/ocho). Thus, the c‑ll-ct of col­lect maps to the c‑s-ch of cosecha.


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