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San­gre and San­gria

San­gre (Span­ish for “blood”) comes from the Latin san­guis for the same.

From that root, we al­so get.… san­gria. Yes, the clas­sic al­co­holic wine plus fruit drink looks a bit like blood!

We al­so get a bunch of less com­mon words, such as, con­san­guine (cousin mar­riages!) and even just san­guine, which orig­i­nal­ly meant “blood­thirsty”. It’s on­ly a small step from the in­ten­si­ty of blood­thirsty to the cheery op­ti­mism of san­guine!


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