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Parts of the Body Etymologies

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  • Q1
    This word, which refers to a sharp pain in a certain part of the body, comes from the late Latin "hemicrania".
    migraine
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  • Q2
    The prefix "mono-" (one) distinguishes this item from its more common counterpart.
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    monocle
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  • Q3
    This plant takes its name from the Latin compound word which means "turning the nose away", due to its unpleasant odor.
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    nasturtium
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  • Q4
    This uncommon verb, which means "to kiss" comes from the Latin verb which means "to make a little mouth".
    osculate
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  • Q5
    This lobe of the brain, which is associated with vision, comes from the Latin word which means "the back of the head".
    occipital
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  • Q6
    This word refers to a number 1-9 because of the close association between a certain body part and counting.
    digit
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  • Q7
    This word comes from the Latin which means "written by hand".
    manuscript
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  • Q8
    This archaic unit of measurement (also called a cubit) is equivalent to the distance from the fingertips to the elbow. (It is related to the English and Latin words for a body part.)
    ell
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  • Q9
    This word means "having to do with the chest".
    thoracic
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  • Q10
    This word, which describes animals such as snails, means something like "stomach foot", based on the way that they move.
    gastropod
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  • Q11
    Named for the part of the body from which it hangs, this word describes an item of clothing worn by medieval monks.
    scapular
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  • Q12
    This food item gets its name, through German, from a Latin-named biscuit that was shaped like folded arms.
    pretzel
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  • Q13
    This fancy word that means "to kneel" literally means "to bend ones knee".
    genuflect
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  • Q14
    This part of a bird gets its name from its position on the animal's body.
    talon
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  • Q15
    This animal gets its name from its unreasonable quantity of feet.
    centipede
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