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Llu­via and Plu­vial

The Span­ish llu­via (for “rain”) comes Latin plu­via for the same — a change that may not be ob­vi­ous be­cause the -pl- of Latin some­times be­came a -ll- in Span­ish.

From the same root, we get the so­phis­ti­cat­ed Eng­lish word plu­vial which means… lots of rain!

The ll‑v of llu­via clear­ly maps to the p‑l of plu­vial.

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