Want more Spanish etymologies? Let us know!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
logo

Va­ca and Vac­cine

The Span­ish for “cow” va­ca, comes from the Latin vac­ca, mean­ing the same. From that same root, we get the Eng­lish.… vaccine/em.

Huh? How?

In­ter­est­ing­ly, the first, umm, vac­cine, was to give the cow-pox virus to peo­ple with small-pox! Thus, the word for cow turned in­to the word for vac­cine!

We can see the v‑c root clear­ly in both.

logo

© 2020 - All Rights Reserved | Contact | Privacy, Terms & Conditions | Sitemap| Resources | Etymology Dictionaries To Help Us Learn Spanish

Hat Tip 🎩 to The Marketing Scientist