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Lleno — Plen­ty

Llenar — Span­ish mean­ing “to fill” — comes from the Latin plenus, mean­ing “full”.

This, there­fore, con­nects it to the Eng­lish for the same, from the same root: Plen­ty. Not to men­tion, the less com­mon Eng­lish word ple­nary.

These words sound so dif­fer­ent yet they’re so sim­i­lar. Here’s how: Latin words that be­gan with pl- usu­al­ly turned in­to ll- when Latin evolved in­to Span­ish. But as these words moved in­to Eng­lish via French, they re­mained un­changed.

This ex­plains not just llenar/plenty but ex­plains a bunch of oth­er words, in­clud­ing llama/flame.


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