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#124845 - 03/08/04 09:00 PM urticaria
wwh Offline
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Today's Word, "urtext" reminded me of urticaria, and I realized I didn't know its etymolgy. From AHD:


SYLLABICATION: ur·ti·car·i·a
NOUN: See hives.
ETYMOLOGY: New Latin urticria, from Latin urtica, nettle.

So where did "hives" come from? Alas, AHD doesn't help:

PLURAL NOUN: (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A skin condition characterized by intensely itching welts and caused by an allergic reaction to internal or external agents, an infection, or a nervous condition. Also called nettle rash, urticaria.
ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown.

As a feeble jest, if you knock over a bee-hive, you can
get a stinging rash.

And the etymology of bee-hive from AHD is disappointing:


NOUN: 1a. A structure for housing bees, especially honeybees. b. A colony of bees living in such a structure. 2. A place swarming with activity.
VERB: Inflected forms: hived, hiv·ing, hives

TRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To collect into a hive. 2. To store (honey) in a hive. 3. To store up; accumulate.
INTRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To enter and occupy a beehive. 2. To live with many others in close association.
PHRASAL VERB: hive off To set apart from a group: hived off the department into another division.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English hf.

#124846 - 03/09/04 09:04 AM Re: urticaria
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re:As a feeble jest, if you knock over a bee-hive, you can get a stinging rash.

and if you walk through nettles, you'll also get a stinging rash.

'Dock'-- a common name for another common weed,(i don't know the proper name!) when crushed, will exude a watery sap the will relive the sting almost immediately, (Nettles in, Dock out!)

thistles too are bristled with fine barbs that sting the skin as they peirce it. I don't know any cure for there barbs! (but both my son and i have cut thistle blossoms for bouquets!)

my other obsession

#124847 - 03/09/04 09:25 AM Re: beehive
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hive (OE hýf) is from the PIE root *k'eu-p-. *k'eu- 'to bow, bend, curve' with different augmentations gives L cubo 'to lie', Gk kuphos 'hump, hunch', (< *k'eu-bh-) L cumbo 'to lie', Welsh cwm, English hump via Scandinavian (< *k'eum-b(h)-). The unaugmented *k'eu- yields L cavus 'hollow, concave, vaulted' and many more (there are over three pages in Pokorny).

#124848 - 03/09/04 09:30 AM Re: urticaria
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Dear of troy: I searched for "dock" and found a site with
a lot of information:

Sorry if it makes screen go wide.

#124849 - 03/09/04 01:27 PM Re: urticaria
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When you do a search, you could eliminate the beginning of the string, like this:

#124850 - 03/09/04 01:35 PM Re: urticaria
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Dear AS: I am totally ignorant about string theory.
You must be special. None of my URLs end with my handle.

#124851 - 03/09/04 01:47 PM Re: urticaria
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She's special, all right.


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