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Sier­ra and Ser­rat­ed

Sier­ra (Span­ish for “moun­tain range” — think of the Sier­ra moun­tains out west!) comes from the Latin ser­ra, mean­ing “saw” (no, not the verb; the tool you use to cut wood apart!).

From the same root we get the Eng­lish… ser­rat­ed. Think of the ser­rat­ed edges of cut pa­per! It does look a bit like a moun­tain, does­n’t it?

The s‑rr root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in both.

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