[ExI] rain "bow" was RE: Brains grow and shrink like 'rainbows' as we age

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 24 04:24:39 UTC 2014

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:03 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> That's exactly what they did! :)
> The word comes from from Proto-Germanic *regnabugô ("rainbow"),
> equivalent to rain + bow ("arch").
> 'bow' originally meant any curved shape. like an arch or early simple bows.

Oh, so it goes the other way: bows -- as in a bow to launch arrows -- is really a specialization of that more general word for a shape. Interesting.

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