>>The answer was: CRAB
What on earth does that mean? I really don't get this answer at all. Hubby has no idea either.
Cancer comes after Gemini in the signs of the Zodiac.
That's an explanation worth ingeminating, Max.
By the way, is there a connection between Gemini and ingeminating (ingeminate: to repeat; L. ingeminatus, p. p. )? I haven't studied Latin, but the appearance between the Gemini and ingeminate seems to be suspiciously close, Latin readers.
is there a connection between Gemini and ingeminating?
Yes, geminus 'born at the same time, twin-born', gemino 'to double', and ingemino 'to redouble' are all related. The verbs are denominal, and the noun is no doubt related to gigno 'to beget, bear, bring forth', nascor 'to be born, begotten', genus 'knee; birth, descent, origin, stock, child', etc.
All you wrote made sense except knee. How does the knee fit into all this reproduction?
(And thanks, jheem, for confirming my suspicions.)
How does the knee fit into all this reproduction?
Not sure, but Latin has two words genus one of which means knee and the other of which means offspring. The two different nouns are from different roots, but they are spelled the same, and perhaps knees came to be associated with genitalia and reproduction. Can't say for sure ...
ssociated with genitalia and reproduction
all you kneed is love...
Speaking of kneed...and genus...and knees:
Is there a connection between the word genuflect and the derivative word from whence came the word knees? In other words, I know the definition of genuflect, so I must believe that there's a knee root kneeling in there somewhere.
Genuflect means "to bend the knee."
Thanks Max. I never would have guessed that.
... and the French word for knee is genou.
... and the Portuguese word for knee is joelho.