The Spanish trazar (“to draw up”) comes from the Latin tractus (“drawing.”) From that same root we get a few English words, including, trace. The t‑r-z to t‑r-c mapping is very clear here.
What’s more interesting are the other words that come from the Latin tractus. These include:
- Trait — A trait, after all, is just an outline of your personality
- Train — Think of the word “draw,” but in the other sense: the horse draws the carriage.
- Trattoria — The Italian restaurant draws you in with its awesome food!
- Tract — When you’ve drawn out your borders over land
- Treat — When you’ve drawn what you want out of the patient