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Wed Aug 25 19:05:15 PDT 2010
On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM, Ian Kusz <sprucebranch at gmail.com> wrote:
> Where does the word "cider" come from?
>From the French <cidre>, which is from Latin and cognate with Spanish
<sidra>. The Latin is <sicere> "strong drink," which doesn't explain
the d showing up in French and Latin; presumably there was a late
vulgar latin variant that I'm not aware of that developed into those
Google tells me that <sicere> is a loanword from Hebrew, used to
translate Biblical references to alcohol.
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