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Lavar and Del­uge

The Span­ish lavar (“to wash”) comes from the al­most-iden­ti­cal Latin, lavare.

From the same Latin root, we get the Eng­lish… del­uge. What is a del­uge of, well, any­thing if not a flood of it?

Of course, this al­so means that the Eng­lish an­te­dilu­vian (lit­er­al­ly, “be­fore the flood”!) al­so comes from the same root!

We can see the par­al­lel more clear­ly if we note that the l‑v root of the Span­ish lavar maps to the (d)-l‑u of del­uge, with the ‑u- turn­ing in­to its cousin ‑u- dur­ing the process.


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