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Madero and Mat­ter, Ma­te­r­i­al

The Span­ish madero, for “wood”, sounds ran­dom, does­n’t it?

But it is more ob­vi­ous than it sounds: it comes from the Latin root ma­te­ria, which means “the sub­stance from which some­thing is made; in­ner wood of a tree.”

From this Latin word ma­te­ria, we get the Eng­lish words ma­te­r­i­al and mat­ter. At least meta­phys­i­cal­ly, they are what stuff is made of, aren’t they?

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