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#80637 - 10/10/02 12:54 PM Re: light
wwh Offline
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From the derived Indo-European root LEUK, which meant light or
brightness, we have inherited at least 196 modern English words, including
the following:

From Old-Middle English - light, lea (a meadow or the
place where the sun shines)
From Latin - lumen, illuminate, lunar, lunatic, luster,
illustration, lucid, translucent F
From Greek - link (an ancient name for a torch), lynx (a
name given to the animal with a light shining in its eyes)



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#80638 - 10/11/02 05:07 AM Re: light
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In reply to:

lynx (a
name given to the animal with a light shining in its eyes)


I'm reading a book about deserts in the US Southwest, and someone there observes that you can identify three specific animals in vehicular lights this way:

blue reflection from eyes = deer
red reflection from eyes = coyote
green reflection from eyes = mountain lion


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#80639 - 10/11/02 09:08 AM Re: light
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There was a myth that lynxes could see through walls. So Gallileo belonged
to a society of scientists who called themselves the "Lincei" (? spelling) I'll
go look it up.
I did,and here's one of several URLs. required Acrobat Reader
http://libraries.ou.edu/depts/histscience/pdf/Lincei.pdf


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